Psalm 84:5
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New International Version
Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.

New Living Translation
What joy for those whose strength comes from the LORD, who have set their minds on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem.

English Standard Version
Blessed are those whose strength is in you, in whose heart are the highways to Zion.

New American Standard Bible
How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, In whose heart are the highways to Zion!

King James Bible
Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Happy are the people whose strength is in You, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.

International Standard Version
How happy are those whose strength is in you, whose heart is on your path.

NET Bible
How blessed are those who find their strength in you, and long to travel the roads that lead to your temple!

New Heart English Bible
Blessed are those whose strength is in you, who have set their hearts on a pilgrimage.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Blessed is the son of man whose helper you are, and in whose heart are your ways!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Blessed are those who find strength in you. Their hearts are on the road [that leads to you].

JPS Tanakh 1917
Happy is the man whose strength is in Thee; In whose heart are the highways.

New American Standard 1977
How blessed is the man whose strength is in Thee;
            In whose heart are the highways to Zion!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Happy is the man whose strength is in thee, in whose heart are thy ways,

King James 2000 Bible
Blessed is the man whose strength is in you; in whose heart are the ways to them.

American King James Version
Blessed is the man whose strength is in you; in whose heart are the ways of them.

American Standard Version
Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; In whose heart are the highways to Zion .

Douay-Rheims Bible
Blessed is the man whose help is from thee: in his heart he hath disposed to ascend by steps,

Darby Bible Translation
Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee, -- they, in whose heart are the highways.

English Revised Version
Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the highways to Zion.

Webster's Bible Translation
Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.

World English Bible
Blessed are those whose strength is in you; who have set their hearts on a pilgrimage.

Young's Literal Translation
O the happiness of a man whose strength is in Thee, Highways are in their heart.
Study Bible
How Lovely are Your Dwellings!
4How blessed are those who dwell in Your house! They are ever praising You. Selah. 5How blessed is the man whose strength is in You, In whose heart are the highways to Zion! 6Passing through the valley of Baca they make it a spring; The early rain also covers it with blessings.…
Cross References
Psalm 81:1
For the choir director; on the Gittith. A Psalm of Asaph. Sing for joy to God our strength; Shout joyfully to the God of Jacob.

Psalm 86:11
Teach me Your way, O LORD; I will walk in Your truth; Unite my heart to fear Your name.

Psalm 122:1
A Song of Ascents, of David. I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the LORD."

Psalm 122:4
To which the tribes go up, even the tribes of the LORD-- An ordinance for Israel-- To give thanks to the name of the LORD.

Jeremiah 31:6
"For there will be a day when watchmen On the hills of Ephraim call out, 'Arise, and let us go up to Zion, To the LORD our God.'"
Treasury of Scripture

Blessed is the man whose strength is in you; in whose heart are the ways of them.

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Psalm 28:7,8 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and …

Isaiah 45:24 Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: …

Zechariah 10:12 And I will strengthen them in the LORD; and they shall walk up and …

2 Corinthians 12:9 And he said to me, My grace is sufficient for you: for my strength …

Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

in whose

Psalm 40:8 I delight to do your will, O my God: yes, your law is within my heart.

Psalm 42:4 When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had …

Psalm 55:14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked to the house of God in company.

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

Jeremiah 31:33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of …

Jeremiah 50:4,5 In those days, and in that time, said the LORD, the children of Israel …

Micah 4:2 And many nations shall come, and say, Come, and let us go up to the …

(5-7) In these verses, as in the analogous picture (Isaiah 35:6-8; comp. Hosea 2:15-16), there is a blending of the real and the figurative; the actual journey towards Sion is represented as accompanied with ideal blessings of peace and refreshment. It is improbable that the poet would turn abruptly from the description of the swallows in the Temple to what looks like a description of a real journey, with a locality, or at all events a district, which was well known, introduced by its proper name, and yet intend only a figurative reference. On the other hand, it is quite in the Hebrew manner to mix up the ideal with the actual, and to present the spiritual side by side with the literal. We have, then, here recorded the actual experience of a pilgrim's route. But quite naturally and correctly has the world seen in it a description of the pilgrimage of life, and drawn from it many a sweet and consoling lesson.

(5) Blessed is the man.--Or collective, men, as the suffix, their hearts, shows.

Ways.--From a root meaning to cast up--and so highways marked by the heaps of stone piled up at the side (Isaiah 57:14). In Jeremiah 18:15 mere footways or bypaths are contrasted, and so the highway lends itself as a metaphor for the way of peace and righteousness (Proverbs 12:28), as it is taken here by the Chaldee and some modern expositors. But this moral intention is secondary to the actual desire to join the pilgrim band towards Sion, and this the verse describes in words which are echoed exactly in our own Chaucer:

"So pricketh hem Nature in her corages (in their hearts)

Than longen folk to go on pilgrimages."

The well-known and deeply loved route to the sacred shrine is in their minds, their hearts are set upon it.

Verse 5. - Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee. God is the "Strength" of all who trust in him. The psalmist seems to mean that mere dwelling in the house of God is not enough for blessedness. Trust in God - having God for one's Strength - is also requisite (comp. ver. 12). In whose heart are the ways of them; literally, in whose heart are highways. The "highways" intended are probably those of holiness (comp. Proverbs 16:17 and Isaiah 35:8). Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee, Or, "for thee", as some choose to render the words; who have bodily strength from the Lord, for his worship and service, to go up to his house, and serve him: this, with what follows in the two next verses, seem to refer to the males in Israel going up from different parts of the land to Jerusalem to worship, who had strength so to do; when the women and children, for want thereof, stayed at home, which was their infelicity, as it was the happiness of the males that they had ability for such a journey and service: the Targum is,

"whose strength is in thy Word;''

the essential Word, the Messiah, who have spiritual strength in and from him; see Isaiah 45:24, without this there is no heart to go up to the house of God; and this will carry through a great deal of bodily weakness; and by it saints overcome the temptations of Satan to the contrary, and perform the several duties of religion:

in whose heart are the ways of them; or "thy ways" (x); the ways of God, the ways of Zion, the ways to the house of God; who have these ways at heart, who ask the way to Zion with their faces thitherwards; who have not only ability, but inclination and readiness of mind, to walk in them; whose hearts are bent upon them, regarding no objection, difficulty, and discouragement; who stir up themselves and others to go up to the house of God, and are heartily desirous of being taught his ways, and walking in them, and take great pleasure and delight therein; they are ways of pleasantness and paths of peace to them; the word properly signifies "highways" (y), ways cast up. Some render it "ascensions in his heart" (z); the affections of whose heart go up to God, like pillars of smoke perfumed with frankincense, are after God, his ways and worship, and are set on things above.

(x) "Semitae tuae", Tigurine version; so Kimchi. (y) "viae stratae", Montanus, Cocceius. (z) "Ascensiones in corde suo", V. L. so Sept. 5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.

6 Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.

7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.

8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.

Psalm 84:5

"Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee." Having spoken of the blessedness of those who reside in the house of God, he now speaks of those who are favoured to visit it at appointed seasons, going upon pilgrimage with their devout brethren: he is not, however, indiscriminate in his eulogy, but speaks only of those who heartily attend to the sacred festivals. The blessedness of sacred worship belongs not to half-hearted, listless worshippers, but to those who throw all their energies into it. Neither prayer, nor praise, nor the hearing of the word will be pleasant or profitable to persons who have left their hearts behind them. A company of pilgrims who had left their hearts at home would be no better than a caravan of carcasses, quite unfit to blend with living saints in adoring the living God. "In whose heart are the ways of them," or far better, "in whose heart are thy ways." Those who love the ways of God are blessed. When we have God's ways in our hearts, and our heart in his ways, we are what and where we should be, and hence we shall enjoy the divine approval.

Psalm 84:6

"Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well." Traversing joyfully the road to the great assembly, the happy pilgrims found refreshment even in the dreariest part of the road. As around a well men meet and converse cheerfully, being refreshed after their journey, so even in the vale of tears, or any other dreary glen, the pilgrims to the skies find sweet solace in brotherly communion and in anticipation of the general assembly above, with its joys unspeakable. Probably there is here a local allusion, which will never now be deciphered, but the general meaning is clear enough. There are joys of pilgrimage which make men forget the discomforts of the road. "The rain also filleth the pools." God gives to his people the supplies they need while traversing the roads which he points out for them. Where there were no natural supplies from below, the pilgrims found an abundant compensation in waters from above, and so also shall all the sacramental host of God's elect. Ways, which otherwise would have been deserted from want of accommodation, were made into highways abundantly furnished for the travellers' wants, because the great annual pilgrimages led in that direction; even so, Christian converse and the joy of united worship make many duties easy and delightful which else had been difficult and painful.

Psalm 84:7

"They go from strength to strength." So far from being wearied they gather strength as they proceed. Each individual becomes happier, each company becomes more numerous, each holy song more sweet and full. We grow as we advance if heaven be our goal. If we spend our strength in God's ways we shall find it increase. "Every one of them in Zion appeareth before God." This was the end of the pilgrims' march, the centre where all met, the delight of all hearts. Not merely to be in the assembly, but to appear before God was the object of each devout Israelite. Would to God it were the sincere desire of all who in these days mingle in our religious gatherings. Unless we realise the presence of God we have done nothing; the mere gathering together is nothing worth.

Psalm 84:8

"O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer." Give me to go up to thy house, or if I may not do so, yet let my cry be heard. Thou listenest to the united supplications of thy saints, but do not shut out my solitary petition, unworthy though I be. "Give ear, O God of Jacob." Though Jehovah of hosts, thou art also the covenant God of solitary pleaders like Jacob; regard thou, then, my plaintive supplication. I wrestle here alone with thee, while the company of thy people have gone on before me to happier scenes, and I beseech thee bless me; for I am resolved to hold thee till thou speak the word of grace into my soul. The repetition of the request for an answer to his prayer denotes his eagerness for a blessing. What a mercy it is that if we cannot gather with the saints, we can still speak to their Master.

Selah. - A pause was needed after a cry so vehement, a prayer so earnest. 5. (Compare Ps 68:28).

in whose heart … the ways—that is, who knows and loves the way to God's favor (Pr 16:17; Isa 40:3, 4).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.
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