The beginning in the english, in the king james version, is i will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. Aben ezra thinks it was composed on account of israel, when in a siege and distress. Psalms 121 commentary spurgeons verse expositions of the bible. Psalms with book summary versebyverse bible commentary. My help comes from the lord, which made heaven and earth. Thus in our psalm, the idea of my help, expressed in ps 121. It is several steps in advance of its predecessor, for it tells of the peace of gods house, and the guardian care of the lord, while psalm 120 bemoans the departure of peace from the good mans abode, and his exposure to the venomous assaults of slanderous tongues. To god be all the glory, honor, thanksgiving and praises, amen. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. Catholic online is a project of your catholic voice foundation, a notforprofit corporation. Psalms 121 commentary matthew henry commentary on the. Psalms 121 commentary john gills exposition on the whole bible. This is my assurance that this bible verses applies to me, my family, and all those i pray for each and everyday. Some call this the soldiers psalm, and think it was penned in the camp, when david was hazarding his life in the high places of the field, and thus trusted god to cover his head in the day of battle.
In step with the psalms psalm 121 inductive discovery lesson 17 the picture david paints for the reader in psalm 121 is from the vantage point of standing in the jericho valley, some twelve hundred feet below sea level, gazing upward to the mountains surrounding jerusalem. He that keepeth thee will not slumber, the same idea being with slight modification reembodied in ps 121. My help comes from the lord, the maker of heaven and earth. Once we recognize that the psalmist uses hills as an image of a problem to a pilgrim, we easily understand the rest of the psalm as an encouragement to those on a spiritual pilgrimage to the kingdom of god.
It is several steps in advance of its predecessor, for it tells of the peace of gods house, and the guardian care of the lord, while psalm 120 bemoans the departure of peace from the good mans abode, and his. This is the second of the series of psalms titled, a song of ascents. Bible commentary on the book of psalms, chapter 121, by dr. The sleeping deity is a literary motif found in numerous texts in the ancient near east. As a song sung by travelers, this is particularly relevant for the trust placed in god through the journey. Behold, he that keepeth israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
This is my assurance that this bible verses applies to me, my family, and all. Some call this the soldiers psalm, and think it was penned in the camp, when david was hazarding his life in the high places of the field, and thus. The sinfulness and misery of a wicked man, the ground and reason of both. The ministering priest answers him, he will not suffer thy foot to be moved. Some scholars suggest that pilgrims sang this psalm en route to jerusalem and its temple. Psalms 121 commentary, one of over 110 bible commentaries freely available, this versebyverse commentary contain gems of information found nowhere outside the ancient jewish writings. Journeys tend to be significant times for those who take them. Discussion on texts for the second sunday in lent march 16, 2014.
Not as the superstition of the canaanite said, from the sacred summits themselves, but from their creators lord. Psalms 121 commentary matthew henry commentary on the whole. Clicking on a chapter will show you the text of that chapter of psalm in the bible king james version. Psalm bible book with full chapters king james version.
Psalms 121 verses 18 speaks to me as a matter of fact psalms 121 verse 18 are my favorite. Psalms 7 clearly refers to the babylonian captivity. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills to zion and moriah, called the holy mountains, psalm 87. Your catholic voice foundation has been granted a recognition of tax exemption under section 501c3 of the internal revenue code. Psalms 122 chapter 121 some call this the soldiers psalm, and think it was penned in the camp, when david was hazarding his life in the high places of the field, and thus trusted god to cover his head in the day of battle. Exposition explanatory notes and quaint sayings hints to the village preacher works upon this psalm title, etc. Many collections preceded this final compilation of the psalms. Any unauthorized use, without prior written consent of catholic online is strictly forbidden and prohibited. Psalm 121 kjv i will lift up mine eyes unto the bible gateway. I will have an eye to the special presence of god in his church, and with his people, and from thence i will expect help. The hymnal of israel, book v psalms 107150 previous page next page psalm 121 bible commentary on the book of psalms, chapter 121, by dr. Read through the entire psalm and make note of the word that is used most to describe gods actions.
Psalm 121 commentary by rolf jacobson working preacher. He declares the nature of gods guarding role in verse 34. It speaks of gods help, protection, and vigilant watchcare. An easyenglish translation with notes about 1200 word vocabulary on psalm 121. Psalms 121, new international version niv the bible app. My help cometh from yhvh, which made heaven and earth. David guzik commentary on psalm 121, which is another song of ascents, declaring the secure help we have in god, who keeps us. Read psalms 121 commentary using matthew henry commentary on the whole bible complete.
It is several steps in advance of its predecessor, for it tells of the peace of gods house, and the guardian care of the lord, while psalm 120 bemoans the departure of peace from the good mans abode, and his exposure to the. Commentaries for psalm chapter 121 the safety of the godly. It certainly does not give the impression that godat any timelets his mind wander, unaware of what is happening in his childrens lives. In other places in the book of psalms, the psalm singers call on the lord to awaken psalms 7. Psalm 121 is the 121st psalm of the book of psalms. Walking this path would mean a potential encounter with the likes of. The speaker declares that god is not confined to a place or a time, that every step is guarded ps 121. Psalms 121 commentary spurgeons verse expositions of. This is the second of the series of psalms which are titled a song of ascents. In the greek septuagint version of the bible, and in the latin vulgate, this psalm is psalm 120 in a slightly different numbering system. The book of psalms, chapter 121 sacred name king james version. According to many researchers it was ezra, the priest and scribe, himself who completed the final collection of the psalms ezra 3. In various analyses, this observation is a con stant. View the entire commentary more information on commentaries.
A word list at the end explains all the words that have a star. My help cometh from the lord, which made heaven and earth. Matthew henrys bible commentary concise read all of psalm 121 complete concise. A pilgrimage reading of psalm 121 167 dialogue within the pilgrims inner self, or an antiphonal song between pilgrims, or between a pilgrim and someone giving blessing,19 there is clearly a shift from the first person to the third person at verse 3. Yet, unlike the previous psalm, here the psalmist declares a desire to look to the mountains and recognize whence personal help comes. The inscription of the syriac version is, one of the songs of ascent out of babylon. In his full commentary on the psalms, limburg transfers that title to psalm 119 and retitles psalm 121 on the road again continuing the view of reading psalm 121 as a pilgrimage or journey psalm. We must not rely upon men and means, instruments and second causes. It is noticeable that the style, maker of heaven and earth, is a peculiarity of psalms which are certainly postexile, and show how strongly the contrast with heathenism impressed the creative power of god on the hebrew mind. Let us lift up our eyes, therefore, hopefully expecting help from the hills. It begins with an acknowledgment of god as creator and ends with a declaration of personal trust in his providential care. The lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in from this time forth, and even for evermore. These are all of the chapters of the book of psalm. The notes explain some of the words with a star by them.
The book of psalms, chapter 121 sacred name king james. David livingstone, the famous missionary and explorer of the continent of africa, read psalm 121 and psalm 5, which praises god for his sovereign rule over all things, as. Psalms chapter 121 king james version of the holy bible. A prayer and 5 truths from psalm 121 debbie mcdaniel christian blog and commentary on crosswalk. The respondent further declares that the lord will not slumber and will not be asleep verses 34. Psalm 121 is a treasure of promise for the suffering believer, whose help comes from the lord verse 2. At that time psalms appears also to have been used as a title for the entire section of the hebrew ot canon more commonly known as the writings see lk 24. The scope of this psalms is to show that god alone is the refuge of the distressed.
Geneva study bible commentary on psalms chapter 121. Psalms 121 commentary, one of over 110 bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, spanning 23 volumes, covered the entire bible with verse by. To which the worshipper answers, that he knows that he who keepeth israel shall neither slumber nor sleep, psalms 121. After personally celebrating yahwehs guardianship in verses 12, the psalmist turns to give assurance to others in verses 38.
As a song sung by travelers, this is particular relevant for its trust in god through the journey. If you want to accept jesus as your personal lord and savior and enjoy the benefits of the bible fully, please pray this prayer, lord j. In latin, it is known as levavi oculos meos in montes. Psalm 121 matthew henrys concise commentary on the bible. Psalm 121 is one of fifteen songs of ascents psalms 1204 that were sung at three annual festival processions as the israelite pilgrims ascended to jerusalem to worship god. Spurgeons treasury of david to better understand scripture with full outline and verse meaning. Psalms 121 commentary john gills exposition on the. The psalmist with the eye of faith could see it coming, so he watched its approach. Psalm 121, joan stott, prayers and meditations based on lectionary psalms, 2011.428 910 211 408 337 867 1236 503 1314 1407 982 573 354 420 1344 284 703 1393 501 672 1527 117 1205 414 1086 653 779 451 1313 1437 1374 740 18 798 917 1250