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Psalms 134:1

    Psalms 134:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Behold, bless you the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Behold, bless ye Jehovah, all ye servants of Jehovah, That by night stand in the house of Jehovah.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    <A Song of the going up.> Give praise to the Lord, all you servants of the Lord, who take your places in the house of the Lord by night.

    Webster's Revision

    Behold, bless ye Jehovah, all ye servants of Jehovah, That by night stand in the house of Jehovah.

    World English Bible

    Look! Praise Yahweh, all you servants of Yahweh, who stand by night in Yahweh's house!

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    A Song of Ascents. Behold, bless ye the LORD, all ye servants of the LORD, which by night stand in the house of the LORD.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 134:1

    Behold, bless ye the Lord - I believe הנה hinneh should be taken here in the sense of take heed! Be upon your guard; you serve a jealous God; provoke him not.

    Which by night stand - Who minister during the night.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 134:1

    Behold - As if calling attention to the fact that they were there, or had come.

    Bless ye the Lord - Praise Yahweh. Making known their desire that God should be praised, and calling on those who presided over the public worship of the sanctuary to engage now in that service as expressive of their feelings.

    All ye servants of the Lord - The priests or ministers of religion, appointed especially to this service.

    Which by night stand in the house of the Lord - There was a class of singers in the temple who devoted the night, or a part of the night, to praise; and it is possible that this service may have been, as it was subsequently in some of the monasteries, continued by succeeding choirs, during the entire night. Thus in 1 Chronicles 9:33, it is said, "And these are the singers, chief of the fathers of the Levites, who remaining in the chambers were free, for they were employed in that work day and night." This class is particularly addressed in this psalm, as if they were especially favored, or as if they especially possessed the ear of God in the silence of the night, and when the world slumbered around them. There is something favorable to devotion in the silence of the night; when the world sleeps; when we are alone with God; when it seems as if God would more particularly attend to our cry since the rest of the world is still, and does not (as it were) need his care. All this may be fancy; but the effect may be to make the mind more solemn, and better suited for devotion.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 134:1

    134:1 Servant - Peculiarly so called, priests and Levites. Night - Not only by day, but also by night, when their watch was more necessary. Stand - Serve or minister.