Psalm 84:2
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New International Version
My soul yearns, even faints, for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

New Living Translation
I long, yes, I faint with longing to enter the courts of the LORD. With my whole being, body and soul, I will shout joyfully to the living God.

English Standard Version
My soul longs, yes, faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.

New American Standard Bible
My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.

King James Bible
My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
I long and yearn for the courts of the LORD; my heart and flesh cry out for the living God.

International Standard Version
I desire and long for the Temple courts of the LORD. My heart and body sing for joy to the living God.

NET Bible
I desperately want to be in the courts of the LORD's temple. My heart and my entire being shout for joy to the living God.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My soul has waited and has lusted for the courts of Lord Jehovah! My heart and my flesh have praised The Living God!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
My soul longs and yearns for the LORD's courtyards. My whole body shouts for joy to the living God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
My soul longs, and even faints for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh sing to the living God.

King James 2000 Bible
My soul longs, yea, even faints for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

American King James Version
My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh cries out for the living God.

American Standard Version
My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of Jehovah; My heart and my flesh cry out unto the living God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
my soul longeth and fainteth for the courts of the Lord. My heart and my flesh have rejoiced in the living God.

Darby Bible Translation
My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of Jehovah; my heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

English Revised Version
My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD; my heart and my flesh cry out unto the living God.

Webster's Bible Translation
My soul longeth, and even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

World English Bible
My soul longs, and even faints for the courts of Yahweh. My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.

Young's Literal Translation
My soul desired, yea, it hath also been consumed, For the courts of Jehovah, My heart and my flesh cry aloud unto the living God,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

84:1-7 The ordinances of God are the believer's solace in this evil world; in them he enjoys the presence of the living God: this causes him to regret his absence from them. They are to his soul as the nest to the bird. Yet they are only an earnest of the happiness of heaven; but how can men desire to enter that holy habitation, who complain of Divine ordinances as wearisome? Those are truly happy, who go forth, and go on in the exercise of religion, in the strength of the grace of Jesus Christ, from whom all our sufficiency is. The pilgrims to the heavenly city may have to pass through many a valley of weeping, and many a thirsty desert; but wells of salvation shall be opened for them, and consolations sent for their support. Those that press forward in their Christian course, shall find God add grace to their graces. And those who grow in grace, shall be perfect in glory.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord. These expressions do not imply that the writer is absent from the temple, but only that his delight in it is never satiated. My heart and my flesh; i.e. my whole nature. Crieth out for the living God; rather, rejoiceth; or "sings out a note of joy" unto the living God. So Hengstenberg, who says, "The verb רִנֵּן is of frequent occurrence in the Psalms, and always signifies to rejoice." Compare the comment of Professor Cheyne.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord,.... The courts of the tabernacle now at Gibeon, though the ark was in Zion, 2 Chronicles 1:3 as the court of the priests, and the court of the Israelites, in which latter the people in common stood: after these David longed; he longed to enter into them, and stand in them, and worship God there; which soul longings and hearty desires were the fruits and evidences of true grace, of being born again; so newly born souls desire the sincere milk of the word, and the breasts of Gospel ordinances, as a newly born babe desires its mother's milk and breast; and he even "fainted", through disappointment, or length of time, being impatient of the returning season and opportunity of treading in them; see Psalm 42:1,

my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God; he only inwardly desired, and secretly fainted, but audibly cried out in his distress, and verbally expressed, great vehemence, his desire to enjoy the living God: it was not merely the courts, but God in them, that he wanted; even that God which has life in himself, with whom is the fountain of life; who gives life to others, natural, spiritual, and eternal, and in whose favour is life; yea, whose lovingkindness is better than life, and which was the thing longed and thirsted after: and these desires were the desires of the whole man, soul and body; not only he cried with his mouth and lips, signified by his flesh, but with his heart also, sincerely and heartily; his heart went along with his mouth.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. longeth—most intensely (Ge 31:30; Ps 17:12).

fainteth—exhausted with desire.

courts—as tabernacles (Ps 84:1)—the whole building.

crieth out—literally, "sings for joy"; but here, and La 2:19, expresses an act of sorrow as the corresponding noun (Ps 17:1; 61:2).

heart and … flesh—as in Ps 63:1.

Psalm 84:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
How Lovely are Your Dwellings!
1For the choir director; on the Gittith. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. How lovely are Your dwelling places, O LORD of hosts! 2My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. 3The bird also has found a house, And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, Even Your altars, O LORD of hosts, My King and my God.…
Cross References
Psalm 42:1
For the director of music. A maskil of the Sons of Korah. As the deer pants for streams of water, so my soul pants for you, my God.

Psalm 42:2
My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When can I go and meet with God?

Psalm 63:1
A psalm of David. When he was in the Desert of Judah. You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you; I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you, in a dry and parched land where there is no water.

Psalm 73:26
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

Psalm 119:20
My soul is consumed with longing for your laws at all times.

Psalm 119:81
My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word.

Psalm 143:7
Answer me quickly, LORD; my spirit fails. Do not hide your face from me or I will be like those who go down to the pit.

Isaiah 58:13
"If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath and from doing as you please on my holy day, if you call the Sabbath a delight and the LORD's holy day honorable, and if you honor it by not going your own way and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
Treasury of Scripture

My soul longs, yes, even faints for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh cries out for the living God.

soul

Psalm 42:1,2 As the hart pants after the water brooks, so pants my soul after you, O God…

Psalm 63:1,2 O God, you are my God; early will I seek you: my soul thirsts for …

Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart fails: but God is the strength of my heart, …

Psalm 119:20,81 My soul breaks for the longing that it has to your judgments at all times…

Psalm 143:6 I stretch forth my hands to you: my soul thirsts after you, as a …

Songs 2:4,5 He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love…

Songs 5:8 I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if you find my beloved, that …

heart

Job 23:3 Oh that I knew where I might find him! that I might come even to his seat!

Isaiah 26:9 With my soul have I desired you in the night; yes, with my spirit …

Isaiah 64:1 Oh that you would rend the heavens, that you would come down, that …

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