Psalm 133

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Hebrew opening line

Hebrew.png Hebrew text

1  .הנה מה טוב ומה נעים שבת אחים גם יחד

Hineh matov u' mana'yim shevet achim gam yachad.

Clementine Vulgate (Psalm 132)

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Canticum graduum David. Ecce quam bonum et quam jucundum, habitare fratres in unum!
2  Sicut unguentum in capite, quod descendit in barbam, barbam Aaron,
quod descendit in oram vestimenti ejus;
3  sicut ros Hermon, qui descendit in montem Sion.
  Quoniam illic mandavit Dominus benedictionem, et vitam usque in saeculum.

Church of England 1662 Book of Common Prayer

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1  Behold, how good and joyful a thing it is: brethren, to dwell together in unity!
2  It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down unto the beard: even unto Aaron's beard, and went down to the skirts of his clothing.
3  Like as the dew of Hermon: which fell upon the hill of Sion.
4  For there the Lord promised his blessing: and life for evermore.

Metrical 'Old Version' (William Whittingham)

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O what a happy thing it is,
And joyful for to see
Brethren to dwell together in
Friendship and unity!

'Tis like the precious ointment that
Was pour'd on Aaron's head,
Which from his beard down to the skirts
Of his rich garments spread.

And as the lower ground doth drink
The dew of Hermon hill,
And Sion with his silver drops
The fields with fruit doth fill;

E'en so the Lord doth pour on them
His blessings manifold,
Whose hearts and minds sincerely do
This knot fast keep and hold.

Metrical 'New Version' (Tate & Brady)

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How vast must their advantage be,
How great their pleasure prove,
Who live like brethren, and consent
In offices of love!

True love is like that precious oil,
Which, pour'd on Aaron's head,
Ran down his beard, and o'er his robes
Its costly moisture shed.

'Tis like refreshing dew, which does
On Hermon's top distil;
Or like the early drops that fall
On Sion's fruitful hill.

For Sion is the chosen seat,
Where the Almighty King
The promis'd blessing has ordain'd,
And life's eternal spring.

Metrical version by James Merrick

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How blest the sight, the joy how sweet,
When brothers join'd with brothers meet
In bands of mutual love!
Less sweet the liquid fragrance, shed
On Aaron's consecrated head,
Ran trickling from above,

And reach'd his beard, and reach'd his vest:
Less sweet the dews on Hermon's breast
Or Sion's hill descend:
That hill has God with blessings crown'd,
There promis'd grace that knows no bound,
And life that knows no end.

Káldi fordítás

German.png German text

1  Siehe, wie fein und lieblich ist, dass Brüder einträchtig bei einander wohnen!
2  Wie der köstliche Balsam ist, der von Aaron Haupt herabfleusst in seinen ganzen Bart, der herabfleusst in sein Kleid,
3  Wie der Thau, der vom Hermon herabfällt auf die Berge Zion. Denn daselbst verheisst der Herr Segen und Leben immer und ewiglich.

Hungarian.png Hungarian text

Dávid éneke a fölmenetekre.
Ime mely jó és mely gyönyörűséges az atyafiaknak együtt lakniok.
Mint főn a kenet, mely lefoly a szakállra, Áron szakállára, mely lefoly ruhája szélére;
mint a Hermon harmata, mely leszáll Sion hegyére. Mert oda rendel az Úr áldást és életet mindörökké.

Metrical Paraphrases (Isaac Watts, 1719)

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(First Version)
Brotherly love (C. M.)

Lo! what an entertaining sight
Are brethren that agree!
Brethren, whose cheerful hearts unite
In bands of piety!

When streams of love from Christ the spring
Descend to every soul,
And heavenly peace, with balmy wing,
Shades and bedews the whole;

'Tis like the oil, divinely sweet,
On Aaron's reverend head
The trickling drops perfumed his feet,
And o'er his garments spread.

'Tis pleasant as the morning dews
That fall on Zion's hill,
Where God His mildest glory shows,
And makes his grace distill.


(Second Version)
Communion of saints; or, Love and worship in a family (S. M.)

Blest are the sons of peace,
Whose hearts and hopes are one,
Whose kind designs to serve and please
Through all their actions run.

Blest is the pious house
Where zeal and friendship meet;
Their songs of praise, their mingled vows,
Make their communion sweet.

Thus when on Aaron's head
They poured the rich perfume,
The oil through all his raiment spread,
And pleasure filled the room.

Thus on the heavenly hills
The saints are blessed above,
Where joy, like morning dew, distills,
And all the air is love.


(Third Version)
The blessings of friendship (668. 668.)

How pleasant 'tis to see
Kindred and friends agree;
Each in their proper station move,
And each fulfill their part,
With sympathizing heart,
In all the cares of life and love!

'Tis like the ointment shed
On Aaron's sacred head,
Divinely rich, divinely sweet;
The oil through all the room
Diffused a choice perfume,
Ran through his robes, and blessed his feet.

Like fruitful showers of rain,
That water all the plain,
Descending from the neighboring hills;
Such streams of pleasure roll
Through every friendly soul,
Where love, like heavenly dew, distills.