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Psalms 122:9

    Psalms 122:9 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek your good.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    For the sake of the house of Jehovah our God I will seek thy good.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Because of the house of the Lord our God, I will be working for your good.

    Webster's Revision

    For the sake of the house of Jehovah our God I will seek thy good.

    World English Bible

    For the sake of the house of Yahweh our God, I will seek your good. A Song of Ascents.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    For the sake of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 122:9

    Because of the house of the Lord our God - Particularly will I wish thee well, because thou art the seat of religion, the place where our merciful God has condescended to dwell.

    To the captives in Babylon the Prophet Jeremiah had given this charge, Jeremiah 29:7 : "And seek שלום shalom, the prosperity of the city, whither I have caused you to be carried captives, and pray unto the Lord for it; for in the prosperity thereof ye shall have prosperity."

    Was this a duty for the captives? Yes. And is it the duty of every man for his own country! God, nature, common sense, and self-interest say, Yes! And what must we think of the wretches who not only do not thus pray, but labor to destroy the public peace, to subvert the government of their country, to raise seditions, and to destroy all its civil and religious institutions? Think of them! Why, that hemp would be disgraced by hanging them.

    There is a fine picture given us here of the state of Jerusalem after the restoration of the Jews. The walls were finished, the city rebuilt, beautiful, strong, and regular, the temple and its worship were restored, the courts of justice were re-established, the constituted authorities in Church and state were doing their duty; and God was pouring out his blessing upon all. Who could see this without praying, May God increase thy peace, and establish thy prosperity for ever!

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 122:9

    Because of the house of the Lord our God I will seek thy good - Because of the sanctuary within thee; because that is the place where God is worshipped. The principal attraction in thee is the fact that in thee is the place where the worship of God is celebrated. It is this which gives its main importance in my view to the place; it is for this, and because I desire its influence to be perpetuated and extended, that I seek thy prosperity. This expresses a deep feeling in the mind of a pious man. To him the church of God is the most important of all objects, gives the principal interest to a place, and is everywhere to him the chief attraction. The church does more to adorn a place than anything else; it is that which exerts the best influence on a place, and sends the best influence abroad; it is that which to him is the source of chief comfort and delight. His heart is there; his main delight is there; his arrangements will be made so as best to enjoy the privileges of the sanctuary; and his plans of life will all contemplate the welfare, the extension, and the influence of the church of God. It is religion which in his view is the chief ornament of a place; religion which in any community is the principal fountain of its happiness and prosperity; religion which is the central and controlling influence on the private dwellings, and the public institutions, of a nation.