Psalm 27:4
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New International Version
One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.

New Living Translation
The one thing I ask of the LORD--the thing I seek most--is to live in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, delighting in the LORD's perfections and meditating in his Temple.

English Standard Version
One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple.

New American Standard Bible
One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple.

King James Bible
One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I have asked one thing from the LORD; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, gazing on the beauty of the LORD and seeking Him in His temple.

International Standard Version
I have asked one thing from the LORD; it is what I really seek: that I may remain in the LORD's Temple all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD; and to inquire in his Temple.

NET Bible
I have asked the LORD for one thing--this is what I desire! I want to live in the LORD's house all the days of my life, so I can gaze at the splendor of the LORD and contemplate in his temple.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For one thing I have requested from Lord Jehovah and to him I pray, that I may dwell in the House of Lord Jehovah all the days of my life, to see the sweetness of Lord Jehovah and to order his temple.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I have asked one thing from the LORD. This I will seek: to remain in the LORD's house all the days of my life in order to gaze at the LORD's beauty and to search for an answer in his temple.

JPS Tanakh 1917
One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the graciousness of the LORD, and to visit early in His temple.

New American Standard 1977
One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek:
            That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life,
            To behold the beauty of the LORD,
            And to meditate in His temple.

Jubilee Bible 2000
One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life to behold the beauty of the LORD and to enquire in his temple.

King James 2000 Bible
One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.

American King James Version
One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.

American Standard Version
One thing have I asked of Jehovah, that will I seek after; That I may dwell in the house of Jehovah all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of Jehovah, And to inquire in his temple.

Douay-Rheims Bible
One thing I have asked of the Lord, this will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. That I may see the delight of the Lord, and may visit his temple.

Darby Bible Translation
One [thing] have I asked of Jehovah, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of Jehovah all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of Jehovah, and to inquire [of him] in his temple.

English Revised Version
One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.

Webster's Bible Translation
One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.

World English Bible
One thing I have asked of Yahweh, that I will seek after, that I may dwell in the house of Yahweh all the days of my life, to see Yahweh's beauty, and to inquire in his temple.

Young's Literal Translation
One thing I asked of Jehovah -- it I seek. My dwelling in the house of Jehovah, All the days of my life, To look on the pleasantness of Jehovah, And to inquire in His temple.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
27:1-6 The Lord, who is the believer's light, is the strength of his life; not only by whom, but in whom he lives and moves. In God let us strengthen ourselves. The gracious presence of God, his power, his promise, his readiness to hear prayer, the witness of his Spirit in the hearts of his people; these are the secret of his tabernacle, and in these the saints find cause for that holy security and peace of mind in which they dwell at ease. The psalmist prays for constant communion with God in holy ordinances. All God's children desire to dwell in their Father's house. Not to sojourn there as a wayfaring man, to tarry but for a night; or to dwell there for a time only, as the servant that abides not in the house for ever; but to dwell there all the days of their life, as children with a father. Do we hope that the praising of God will be the blessedness of our eternity? Surely then we ought to make it the business of our time. This he had at heart more than any thing. Whatever the Christian is as to this life, he considers the favour and service of God as the one thing needful. This he desires, prays for and seeks after, and in it he rejoices.
Study Bible
The Lord is My Salvation
3Though a host encamp against me, My heart will not fear; Though war arise against me, In spite of this I shall be confident. 4One thing I have asked from the LORD, that I shall seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD And to meditate in His temple. 5For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.…
Cross References
Luke 10:42
But only one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, and it will not be taken away from her."

Psalm 18:6
In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, And my cry for help before Him came into His ears.

Psalm 23:6
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.

Psalm 24:6
This is the generation of those who seek Him, Who seek Your face-- even Jacob. Selah.

Psalm 26:8
O LORD, I love the habitation of Your house And the place where Your glory dwells.

Psalm 61:4
Let me dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.

Psalm 63:2
Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory.

Psalm 73:17
Until I came into the sanctuary of God; Then I perceived their end.

Psalm 84:10
For a day in Your courts is better than a thousand outside. I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God Than dwell in the tents of wickedness.

Psalm 90:17
Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us; And confirm for us the work of our hands; Yes, confirm the work of our hands.
Treasury of Scripture

One thing have I desired of the LORD, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the LORD, and to inquire in his temple.

one

Psalm 26:8 LORD, I have loved the habitation of your house, and the place where …

Luke 10:42 But one thing is needful: and Mary has chosen that good part, which …

Philippians 3:13 Brothers, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing …

seek

Psalm 27:8 When you said, Seek you my face; my heart said to you, Your face, …

Jeremiah 29:13 And you shall seek me, and find me, when you shall search for me …

Daniel 9:3 And I set my face to the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, …

Matthew 6:33 But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and …

Matthew 7:7,8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall find; knock, …

Luke 11:9,10 And I say to you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and you shall …

Luke 13:24 Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say to you, will …

Luke 18:1 And he spoke a parable to them to this end, that men ought always …

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that comes …

dwell

Psalm 23:6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: …

Psalm 26:6 I will wash my hands in innocence: so will I compass your altar, O LORD:

Psalm 65:4 Blessed is the man whom you choose, and cause to approach to you, …

Psalm 84:4,10 Blessed are they that dwell in your house: they will be still praising …

1 Samuel 1:11 And she vowed a vow, and said, O LORD of hosts, if you will indeed …

Luke 2:37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed …

1 Timothy 5:5 Now she that is a widow indeed, and desolate, trusts in God, and …

behold

Psalm 50:2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God has shined.

Psalm 63:2 To see your power and your glory, so as I have seen you in the sanctuary.

Psalm 90:17 And let the beauty of the LORD our God be on us: and establish you …

Zechariah 9:9 Rejoice greatly, O daughter of Zion; shout, O daughter of Jerusalem: …

2 Corinthians 3:18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the …

2 Corinthians 4:6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, has shined …

beauty. or, delight

Psalm 63:2-5 To see your power and your glory, so as I have seen you in the sanctuary…

enquire

1 Samuel 22:10 And he inquired of the LORD for him, and gave him victuals, and gave …

1 Samuel 30:8 And David inquired at the LORD, saying, Shall I pursue after this …

2 Samuel 21:1 Then there was a famine in the days of David three years, year after …

1 Chronicles 10:13,14 So Saul died for his transgression which he committed against the …

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