Psalm 133:1
New International Version
A song of ascents. Of David. How good and pleasant it is when God's people live together in unity!

New Living Translation
How wonderful and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!

English Standard Version
Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity!

Berean Study Bible
A Song of Ascents. Of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is when brothers live in harmony!

New American Standard Bible
A Song of Ascents, of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!

King James Bible
A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Christian Standard Bible
How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!

Contemporary English Version
It is truly wonderful when the people of God live together in peace.

Good News Translation
How wonderful it is, how pleasant, for God's people to live together in harmony!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A Davidic song of ascents. How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony!

International Standard Version
Look how good and how pleasant it is when brothers live together in unity!

NET Bible
A song of ascents, by David. Look! How good and how pleasant it is when brothers live together!

New Heart English Bible
[A Song of Ascents. By David.] See how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to live together in unity.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
How good and how beautiful for brothers when they dwell as one

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[A song by David for going up to worship.] See how good and pleasant it is when brothers and sisters live together in harmony!

JPS Tanakh 1917
A Song of Ascents; of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!

New American Standard 1977
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

King James 2000 Bible
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

American King James Version
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!

American Standard Version
Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brethren to dwell together in unity!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A Song of Degrees. See now! what is so good, or what so pleasant, as for brethren to dwell together?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell in unity.

Darby Bible Translation
{A Song of degrees. Of David.} Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

English Revised Version
A Song of Ascents; of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

Webster's Bible Translation
A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!

World English Bible
See how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to live together in unity!

Young's Literal Translation
A Song of the Ascents, by David. Lo, how good and how pleasant The dwelling of brethren -- even together!
Study Bible
How Pleasant to Live in Harmony
1A Song of Ascents. Of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is when brothers live in harmony! 2It is like fine oil on the head, running down on the beard, running down Aaron’s beard over the collar of his robes.…
Cross References
Hebrews 13:1
Continue in brotherly love.

Genesis 13:8
So Abram said to Lot, "Please let there be no contention between you and me, or between your herdsmen and my herdsmen. After all, we are brothers.

Psalm 122:8
For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say, "Peace be within you."

Zechariah 11:7
So I pastured the flock marked for slaughter, especially the afflicted of the flock. Then I took for myself two staffs, calling one Favor and the other Union, and I pastured the flock.

Treasury of Scripture

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!

A Song of Dregrees.

Psalm 122:1
A Song of degrees of David. I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.

Psalm 124:1
A Song of degrees of David. If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say;

Psalm 131:1
A Song of degrees of David. LORD, my heart is not haughty, nor mine eyes lofty: neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.

how good

Psalm 122:6-8
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee…

Genesis 13:8
And Abram said unto Lot, Let there be no strife, I pray thee, between me and thee, and between my herdmen and thy herdmen; for we be brethren.

Genesis 45:24
So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way.

together.







Lexicon
A Song
שִׁ֥יר (šîr)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 7892: A song, singing

of Ascents.
הַֽמַּעֲל֗וֹת (ham·ma·‘ă·lō·wṯ)
Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4609: Elevation, the act, the condition, a climactic progression

Of David.
לְדָ֫וִ֥ד (lə·ḏā·wiḏ)
Preposition-l | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

Behold,
הִנֵּ֣ה (hin·nêh)
Interjection
Strong's Hebrew 2009: Lo! behold!

how
מַה־ (mah-)
Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

good
טּ֭וֹב (ṭō·wḇ)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2896: Pleasant, agreeable, good

and how
וּמַה־ (ū·mah-)
Conjunctive waw | Interrogative
Strong's Hebrew 4100: What?, what!, indefinitely what

pleasant it is
נָּעִ֑ים (nā·‘îm)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 5273: Pleasant, delightful

when
גַּם־ (gam-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 1571: Assemblage, also, even, yea, though, both, and

brothers
אַחִ֣ים (’a·ḥîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 251: A brother, )

live
שֶׁ֖בֶת (še·ḇeṯ)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive construct
Strong's Hebrew 3427: To sit down, to dwell, to remain, to settle, to marry

in harmony!
יָֽחַד׃ (yā·ḥaḏ)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 3162: A unit, unitedly
(1) In unity.--Better, altogether. The Hebrew particle gam, here used with the word "together," is in our version sometimes rendered "yea," when it plainly should be taken with the adjective to intensify it exactly like our "all." (See, for instance, Psalm 25:3; 2Samuel 19:30.) The common idiom, gam shenayim, "all two" (i.e., both), exactly like the French tous deux, and the German alle beide, decides this. Many commentators, rendering also together, see an emphasis on the gathering for the yearly feasts: "How good and pleasant for those who are by race and religion brothers to unite for a sacred purpose" The allusion may be there, but the conjecture and purpose of the psalm, and not the form of the expression, suggest it. To a Hebrew, political and religious sentiment were always combined; and Jerusalem was the centre towards which their thoughts and eyes always turned. The translation of the LXX., "to the same place," though not exactly rendering the Hebrew, perhaps brings out the thought, for the poet was plainly thinking of "unity at Zion." This verse was quoted by the Roman legate at the meeting of Anselm and William II. at Windsor, Whitsunday, 1095. It was read at the reception of a new member into the brotherhood of the Knights Templars, and is by St. Augustine quoted as the Divine authority for monastic life.

Verse 1. - Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! The unity described appears to be existent, and to present itself to the psalmist's vision. Hence the opening, "Behold!" All may see it, and see how blessed and pleasant a thing it is. "Brethren" is used in the wide sense of descendants of a common ancestor (Genesis 13:8; Exodus 2:11; Acts 7:26, etc.). 133:1-3 The excellency of brotherly love. - We cannot say too much, it were well if enough could be said, to persuade people to live together in peace. It is good for us, for our honour and comfort; and brings constant delight to those who live in unity. The pleasantness of this is likened to the holy anointing oil. This is the fruit of the Spirit, the proof of our union with Christ, and adorns his gospel. It is profitable as well as pleasing; it brings blessings numerous as the drops of dew. It cools the scorching heat of men's passions, as the dews cool the air and refresh the earth. It moistens the heart, and makes it fit to receive the good seed of the word, and to make it fruitful. See the proof of the excellency of brotherly love: where brethren dwell together in unity, the Lord commands the blessing. God commands the blessing; man can but beg a blessing. Believers that live in love and peace, shall have the God of love and peace with them now, and they shall shortly be with him for ever, in the world of endless love and peace. May all who love the Lord forbear and forgive one another, as God, for Christ's sake, hath forgiven them.
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