The Meaning of Psalms 122:9 Explained

Psalms 122:9

KJV: Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.

YLT: For the sake of the house of Jehovah our God, I seek good for thee!

Darby: Because of the house of Jehovah our God I will seek thy good.

ASV: For the sake of the house of Jehovah our God I will seek thy good.

KJV Reverse Interlinear

Because of the house  of the LORD  our God  I will seek  thy good. 

What does Psalms 122:9 Mean?

Context Summary

Psalms 122:1-9 - Joy In God's House
As in the other psalms of the series there is here alternation between soloist and choir. In Psalms 122:1 the soloist rejoices in the proposal made to go on a pilgrimage. The chorus announces that the journey is already accomplished, Psalms 122:2-5. The Church of Christ is compacted, built together, by His tears, and blood, and risen power. In Psalms 122:6, the soloist bids the company salute Jerusalem, r.v. margin, and the chorus replies. In Psalms 122:7-9 the soloist announces three reasons why they should pray for Jerusalem's peace: They who love her prosper; those who reside within her precincts are our brethren and companions; hers is the house of God builded for His habitation.
Psalms 123:1-4
The life of the pilgrim is full of sharp contrasts. Yesterday he was rejoicing in Jerusalem and sharing her peace; today he is grieved with the contempt of her foes. Hence this tiny psalm, which has been compared to "a sigh, an upward look, a sigh." The oriental servant is an adept at reading the meaning of his master's slightest gesture, Psalms 123:2. Let us live, as our Savior did, with our eye fixed on the least indication of God's will. See Acts 16:1-10. [source]

Chapter Summary: Psalms 122

1  David professes his joy for the church
6  And prays for the peace thereof

What do the individual words in Psalms 122:9 mean?

Because of the house of Yahweh our God I will seek good your
לְ֭מַעַן בֵּית־ יְהוָ֣ה אֱלֹהֵ֑ינוּ אֲבַקְשָׁ֖ה ט֣וֹב לָֽךְ

לְ֭מַעַן  Because 
Parse: Preposition
Root: לְמַעַן 
Sense: purpose, intent prep.
בֵּית־  of  the  house 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular construct
Root: בַּיִת 
Sense: house.
יְהוָ֣ה  of  Yahweh 
Parse: Proper Noun, masculine singular
Root: יהוה 
Sense: the proper name of the one true God.
אֱלֹהֵ֑ינוּ  our  God 
Parse: Noun, masculine plural construct, first person common plural
Root: אֱלֹהִים  
Sense: (plural).
אֲבַקְשָׁ֖ה  I  will  seek 
Parse: Verb, Piel, Imperfect Cohortative, first person common singular
Root: בָּקַשׁ  
Sense: to seek, require, desire, exact, request.
ט֣וֹב  good 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular
Root: טָבַב 
Sense: good, pleasant, agreeable.
לָֽךְ  your 
Parse: Preposition, second person feminine singular