Psalm 132:6
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New International Version
We heard it in Ephrathah, we came upon it in the fields of Jaar:

New Living Translation
We heard that the Ark was in Ephrathah; then we found it in the distant countryside of Jaar.

English Standard Version
Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah; we found it in the fields of Jaar.

New American Standard Bible
Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah, We found it in the field of Jaar.

King James Bible
Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
We heard of the ark in Ephrathah; we found it in the fields of Jaar.

International Standard Version
We heard about it in Ephrata; we found it in the fields of Jaar.

NET Bible
Look, we heard about it in Ephrathah, we found it in the territory of Jaar.

New Heart English Bible
Look, we heard of it in Ephrathah. We found it in the field of Jaar:

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Behold, we heard it in Ephrata and we found it in the fields.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Now, we have heard about the ark [of the promise]being in Ephrathah. We have found it in Jaar.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Lo, we heard of it as being in Ephrath; We found it in the field of the wood.

New American Standard 1977
Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah;
            We found it in the field of Jaar.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, we heard of her in Ephratah; we found her in the fields of the wood.

King James 2000 Bible
Lo, we heard of it at Ephrathah: we found it in the fields of the woods.

American King James Version
See, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood.

American Standard Version
Lo, we heard of it in Ephrathah: We found it in the field of the wood.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold we have heard of it in Ephrata: we have found it in the fields of the wood.

Darby Bible Translation
Behold, we heard of it at Ephratah, we found it in the fields of the wood.

English Revised Version
Lo, we heard of it in Ephrathah: we found it in the field of the wood.

Webster's Bible Translation
Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood.

World English Bible
Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah. We found it in the field of Jaar:

Young's Literal Translation
'Lo, we have heard it in Ephratah, We have found it in the fields of the forest.
Study Bible
Remember David and his Affliction
5Until I find a place for the LORD, A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob." 6Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah, We found it in the field of Jaar. 7Let us go into His dwelling place; Let us worship at His footstool.…
Cross References
Genesis 35:19
So Rachel died and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).

Ruth 4:11
All the people who were in the court, and the elders, said, "We are witnesses. May the LORD make the woman who is coming into your home like Rachel and Leah, both of whom built the house of Israel; and may you achieve wealth in Ephrathah and become famous in Bethlehem.

1 Samuel 7:1
And the men of Kiriath-jearim came and took the ark of the LORD and brought it into the house of Abinadab on the hill, and consecrated Eleazar his son to keep the ark of the LORD.

1 Samuel 17:12
Now David was the son of the Ephrathite of Bethlehem in Judah, whose name was Jesse, and he had eight sons. And Jesse was old in the days of Saul, advanced in years among men.
Treasury of Scripture

See, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood.

at Ephratah

Ruth 1:2 And the name of the man was Elimelech, and the name of his wife Naomi, …

1 Samuel 17:12 Now David was the son of that Ephrathite of Bethlehemjudah, whose …

Micah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephratah, though you be little among the thousands …

we found

1 Samuel 7:1 And the men of Kirjathjearim came, and fetched up the ark of the …

1 Chronicles 13:5,6 So David gathered all Israel together, from Shihor of Egypt even …

(6) Lo, we heard.--This verse has been pronounced inexplicable, and yet the general intention is clear. The vow in which David declared his purpose has just been quoted, and that which is now said to have been heard and found can hardly be anything else than this purpose. In fact, the feminine suffix to the verbs points directly back to the word rendered afflictions in Psalm 132:1, which is really a feminine form. This being settled, we need not go from the plain direction of such places as Genesis 35:19; Genesis 48:7; Ruth 4:11; Micah 5:2, which pronounce the identity of Ephratah with Bethlehem, to seek any other locality which might possibly be so called. David's purpose would naturally be connected--especially after a long lapse of time--with the birthplace of his family. But though taking this poetical licence, the psalm keeps sufficiently close to history as to recognise in the discovery of the Ark at Kirjath-jearim an important, nay, a decisive step in the project of building the Temple. Though his purpose may not have been even dimly defined to David when he moved the Ark, history justly sees in that momentous change the initial step in the grander undertaking. That "the fields of the wood" (Heb., sedey-y?'ar) is one designation of Kirjath-jearim (city of Yaarim, which went by so many names: Jeremiah 26:20; Ezra 2:25; Joshua 15:10-11) there can be little doubt. We must not, of course, think here of David's contemporaries, but of those of the psalmist, who poetically are represented as taking important part in the early plans for building the Temple--just as we might say, speaking of our old cathedrals, "we built fine churches in those days." The poet makes them say, identifying themselves with the people of those distant times, while naturally the historical correctness suffers, "We heard his project at Bethlehem; we found out its meaning (saw it take shape) at Kirjath-jearim." For m?ts, in the sense of "finding out the meaning or discerning," see Judges 14:12, "of a riddle." This sentence reminds one of a riddle by its form.

Verses 6-10. - The realization of David's design. The resting-place is, after a time, discovered and prepared. The ark is brought up and placed in it (1 Kings 8:1-11). The "priests" are" clothed with righteousness," and the "saints shout for joy." God "turns not away the face of his anointed," but accepts the costly offering. God himself "arises into his rest," and makes his presence visible from the mercy-seat (1 Kings 8:10, 11; 2 Chronicles 5:13, 14). Verse 6. - Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah. "It" is probably "the ark" - not yet mentioned, but a main object of the writer's thoughts; and "Ephratah" is the district south and west of Jerusalem, in which both Bethlehem and Kirjath-jearim were situated. And found it in the fields of the wood; rather, in the fields of Jaar. "Jaar" is a contracted and poetic name for Kirjath-jearim, where the ark remained from its return out of the country of the Philistines till David transferred it to Jerusalem (1 Chronicles 13:5-13). Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah,.... Either of the ark which David and others had heard of, that it formerly was at Shiloh, Joshua 18:1; here called Ephratah, as some think; so the Ephraimites are called Ephrathites, Judges 12:5; and Elkanah of Ramathaimzophim, of Mount Ephraim, is said to be an Ephrathite, 1 Samuel 1:1; but this tribe the Lord chose not, but the tribe of Judah, for his habitation; and rejected the tabernacle of Shiloh, and removed it from thence, Psalm 78:60;

we found it in the fields of the wood; at Kirjathjearim, which signifies the city of woods; being built among woods, and surrounded with them: here the ark was twenty years, and here David found it; and from hence he brought it to the house of Obededom, and from thence to Zion, 1 Samuel 7:1. Or else the place where the temple was to be built; which was not known till the times of David, who was of Ephratah or Bethlehem: here he was born and brought up; and here he was, as Arama supposes, when it was revealed to him where the temple should be built. According to R. Moses, the sense is, We have heard of it by the hand of David, who was of Ephratah: but Aben Ezra thinks the meaning is, that in former times men used to say, We have heard from the mouths of the prophets that the chosen place was near to Bethlehem Ephratah; only the precise place was not known, whether to the east or west, or north or south, of Bethlehem. Some think that not any particular city is intended, but a country, even all the neighbourhood of Bethlehem Ephratah; and took in Jerusalem, where the temple was built, it being but a few miles from the place; so Adrichomius (u) says, the country round about Ephratah had its name from thence; see 1 Kings 11:26. Now the place found for the building of the temple was "the fields of the wood", or the threshingfloor of Araunah the Jebusite, and was on Mount Moriah; David found by the order he had to build an altar here, and by the acceptance of his sacrifices, that this was the place for the house of God, 1 Chronicles 22:1; and here Solomon built the temple, 2 Chronicles 3:1; and which was formerly a woody place, as mountains generally are; and this seems to have been when Abraham offered his son on it, who then spied a ram caught in the thickets, Genesis 22:2. The Targum is,

"we found it in the field of the forest of Lebanon, the place where the ancient fathers prayed;''

the temple being built of the wood of Lebanon. But all this is to be understood of the Lord, the mighty God of Jacob, who was heard of at Ephratah; the Shechinah, of divine Majesty; so Kimchi, Arama, and Ben Melech. And indeed the Messiah is meant, the antitype of the ark and temple; of whom the saints or believers in him, a chorus of which is here introduced, had heard that he should be born at Ephratah, which is Bethlehem; see Genesis 35:19. And if this psalm was written by the captives in Babylon, they might have heard of this from the prophecy of Micah, Psalm 5:2; the shepherds heard from the mouths of the angels that Christ was born there; and we Christians have heard the same, and know and believe it, Luke 2:4. And he has been "found in the fields of the wood"; in a low, mean, abject state, as this phrase signifies; Ezekiel 16:5. The shepherds found him rejected from being in the inn, there being no room for him, and lying in a manger, Luke 2:7; the angels found him in the wilderness, among the wild beasts of the field, Mark 1:13; nor had he the convenience even of foxes, and birds of the air; had no habitation or place where to lay his head, Matthew 8:20; And he is to be found in the field of the Scriptures, where this rich treasure and pearl of great price lies hid, Matthew 13:44; and being preached among the Gentiles, after his incarnation, sufferings, death, resurrection, and ascension, who are compared to wildernesses, and desert places, was found by many of them, Isaiah 35:1; and which serves to set off with a foil his glory; being like the apple tree among the trees of the wood, Sol 2:3.

(u) Theatrum Terrae Sanct. p. 41. 6. These may be the "words of David" and his pious friends, who,

at Ephratah—or Beth-lehem (Ge 48:7), where he once lived, may have heard of the ark, which he found for the first time

in the fields of the wood—or, Jair, or Kirjath-jearim ("City of woods") (1Sa 7:1; 2Sa 6:3, 4), whence it was brought to Zion.132:1-10 David bound himself to find a place for the Lord, for the ark, the token of God's presence. When work is to be done for the Lord, it is good to tie ourselves to a time. It is good in the morning to fix upon work for the day, with submission to Providence, for we know not what a day may bring forth. And we should first, and without delay, seek to have our own hearts made a habitation of God through the Spirit. He prays that God would take up his dwelling in the habitation he had built; that he would give grace to the ministers of the sanctuary to do their duty. David pleads that he was the anointed of the Lord, and this he pleads as a type of Christ, the great Anointed. We have no merit of our own to plead; but, for His sake, in whom there is a fulness of merit, let us find favour. And every true believer in Christ, is an anointed one, and has received from the Holy One the oil of true grace. The request is, that God would not turn away, but hear and answer their petitions for his Son's sake.
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