Psalm 131

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General Information

Psalm 131 is part of the Song of Ascents, the series of 15 psalms symbolizing the 15 steps of the temple in Jerusalem. They are often claimed to have been pilgrimage songs, though there is no substantial evidence to support this. As a sequel to psalm 130, it is built around the concept of hope - the numerical value of this word in Hebrew (30) is matched by the number of words in the Hebrew text.

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Text and translations

Clementine Vulgate (psalm 130)

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1  ‘’Canticum graduum David.’’Domine, non est exaltatum cor meum, neque elati sunt oculi mei,
  neque ambulavi in magnis, neque in mirabilibus super me.
2  Si non humiliter sentiebam,sed exaltavi animam meam: sicut ablactatus est super matre sua,
ita retributio in anima mea.
3  Speret Israël in Domino, ex hoc nunc et usque in saeculum.

Church of England 1662 Book of Common Prayer

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1  Lord, I am not high-minded: I have no proud looks.
2  I do not exercise myself in great matters: which are too high for me.
3  But I refrain my soul, and keep it low, like as a child that is weaned from his mother:
yea, my soul is even as a weaned child.
4  O Israel, trust in the Lord: from this time forth for evermore.

Statenbijbel (1637)

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1  Een lied Hammaaloth, van David. O Here! mijn hart is niet verheven, en mijn ogen zijn niet hoog; ook heb ik niet gewandeld in dingen mij te groot en te wonderlijk.
2  Zo ik mijn ziel niet heb gezet en stil gehouden, gelijk een gespeend kind bij zijn moeder! Mijn ziel is als een gespeend kind in mij.
3  Israël hope op den Here van nu aan tot in der eeuwigheid.

Káldi fordítás

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1  Dávid éneke a fölmenetekre. Uram! nem fuvalkodott föl az én szívem, sem szemeim föl nem emelkedtek; sem nem jártam nagy és fölöttem való csodálatos dolgokban.
2  Ha alázatosan nem gondolkodtam, hanem fölmagasztaltam lelkemet, – mint ki anyjától elválasztatott, úgy legyen az én lelkemnek fizetése.
3  Bízzék Izrael az Úrban mostantól és örökké.

Metrical 'Old Version' (Thomas Norton)

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O Lord, I am not puff'd in mind,
I have no scornful eye,
I do not exercise myself
In things that be too high:

But as a child that weaned is
E'en from his mother's breast,
So have I, Lord, behav'd myself
In silence and in rest.

O Israel, trust in the Lord,
Let him be all thy stay,
From this time forth for evermore,
From age to age alway.

Metrical 'New Version' (Tate/Brady)

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O Lord, I am not proud of heart,
Nor cast a scornful eye;
Nor my aspiring thoughts employ
In things for me too high.

With infant innocence thou know'st
I have myself demean'd;
Compos'd to quiet, like a babe
That from the breast is wean'd.

Like me let Israel hope in God,
His aid alone implore:
Both now and ever trust in him,
Who lives for evermore.