Psalm 132:13
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New International Version
For the LORD has chosen Zion, he has desired it for his dwelling, saying,

New Living Translation
For the LORD has chosen Jerusalem; he has desired it for his home.

English Standard Version
For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his dwelling place:

New American Standard Bible
For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation.

King James Bible
For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His home:"

International Standard Version
For the LORD has chosen Zion, desiring it as his dwelling place.

NET Bible
Certainly the LORD has chosen Zion; he decided to make it his home.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“Because Lord Jehovah is pleased in Zion and he chose it a dwelling place.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The LORD has chosen Zion. He wants it for his home.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desired her for his habitation.

King James 2000 Bible
For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his habitation.

American King James Version
For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his habitation.

American Standard Version
For Jehovah hath chosen Zion; He hath desired it for his habitation.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For the Lord hath chosen Sion: he hath chosen it for his dwelling.

Darby Bible Translation
For Jehovah hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his dwelling:

English Revised Version
For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.

Webster's Bible Translation
For the LORD hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.

World English Bible
For Yahweh has chosen Zion. He has desired it for his habitation.

Young's Literal Translation
For Jehovah hath fixed on Zion, He hath desired it for a seat to Himself,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

132:11-18 The Lord never turns from us when we plead the covenant with his anointed Prophet, Priest, and King. How vast is the love of God to man, that he should speak thus concerning his church! It is his desire to dwell with us; yet how little do we desire to dwell with him! He abode in Zion till the sins of Israel caused him to give them up to the spoilers. Forsake us not, O God, and deliver us not in like manner, sinful though we are. God's people have a special blessing on common enjoyments, and that blessing puts peculiar sweetness into them. Zion's poor have reason to be content with a little of this world, because they have better things prepared for them. God will abundantly bless the nourishment of the new man, and satisfy the poor in spirit with the bread of life. He gives more than we ask, and when he gives salvation, he will give abundant joy. God would bring to nothing every design formed to destroy the house of David, until King Messiah should arise out of it, to sit upon the throne of his Father. In him all the promises centre. His enemies, who will not have him to reign over them, shall at the last day be clothed with shame and confusion for ever.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - For the Lord hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation. Here we are brought back again to the temple. Zion, the city of David, was also "the city of the great King" (Psalm 48:2) - the place where he had "set his Name" - which he was bound to protect and cherish. "As truly as God had chosen Zion, and made his habitation there, so certainly must he also raise up for David a branch, through which to his people concentrated there he will impart salvation" (Hengstenberg).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For the Lord hath chosen Zion,.... Not only to build upon it the temple in a literal sense, and for the place of his worship; but also for the seat of his majesty, and over which he has set his Son as King; and all this from the love he bears to Zion, which, in a figurative and spiritual sense, is his church; whom he has chosen to privileges, to grace and glory, and for his service and honour; see Psalm 78:67;

he hath desired it for his habitation; heaven is the habitation of his holiness and glory; Christ is his dwelling place, in whom all the fulness of the Godhead dwells bodily: yet his desire is to his church and people; his heart is set upon them, and upon their salvation; his delight is in them, and he takes pleasure in walking with them, and dwelling among them; they being built up an habitation for God through the Spirit; see Psalm 68:16.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. is made on the ground of God's choice of Zion (here used for Jerusalem) as His dwelling, inasmuch as the prosperity of the kingdom was connected with that of the Church (Ps 122:8, 9).

Psalm 132:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
Remember David and his Affliction
12"If your sons will keep My covenant And My testimony which I will teach them, Their sons also shall sit upon your throne forever." 13For the LORD has chosen Zion; He has desired it for His habitation. 14"This is My resting place forever; Here I will dwell, for I have desired it.…
Cross References
Exodus 15:17
You will bring them in and plant them on the mountain of your inheritance-- the place, LORD, you made for your dwelling, the sanctuary, Lord, your hands established.

Psalm 48:1
A song. A psalm of the Sons of Korah. Great is the LORD, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, his holy mountain.

Psalm 48:2
Beautiful in its loftiness, the joy of the whole earth, like the heights of Zaphon is Mount Zion, the city of the Great King.

Psalm 68:16
why gaze in envy, you rugged mountain, at the mountain where God chooses to reign, where the LORD himself will dwell forever?

Psalm 76:2
His tent is in Salem, his dwelling place in Zion.

Psalm 78:68
but he chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion, which he loved.

Psalm 83:12
who said, "Let us take possession of the pasturelands of God."

Jeremiah 17:25
then kings who sit on David's throne will come through the gates of this city with their officials. They and their officials will come riding in chariots and on horses, accompanied by the men of Judah and those living in Jerusalem, and this city will be inhabited forever.

Ezekiel 35:10
"'Because you have said, "These two nations and countries will be ours and we will take possession of them," even though I the LORD was there,

Haggai 1:8
Go up into the mountains and bring down timber and build my house, so that I may take pleasure in it and be honored," says the LORD.

Zechariah 2:12
The LORD will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land and will again choose Jerusalem.
Treasury of Scripture

For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his habitation.

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Psalm 76:1,2 In Judah is God known: his name is great in Israel…

Psalm 78:68,69 But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved…

Isaiah 14:32 What shall one then answer the messengers of the nation? That the …

Hebrews 12:22 But you are come to mount Sion, and to the city of the living God, …

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Psalm 48:1-3 Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, …

Psalm 68:16 Why leap you, you high hills? this is the hill which God desires …

Psalm 87:2 The LORD loves the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

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