These two short psalms are the final two of the “Songs of Ascents” (see this previous post for more information). Psalm 133 declares the beauty that comes when brothers dwell in unity, comparing it to the things that Israelites of the day would most have valued. Pilgrimages to the feasts culminating in a unified purpose of presence for God’s people in Jerusalem provided a harmonious sense of brotherhood – at least for a time..
It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the Lord has commanded the blessing,
Psalm 134 concludes the psalms of Ascents for the Pilgrims that have arrived, calling for them to bless The Lord and praise Him and the Holy Place they have come to.
Lift up your hands to the holy place
and bless the Lord!
May the Lord bless you from Zion,
he who made heaven and earth!
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