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Bible Commentaries

Trapp's Complete Commentary

Psalms 123

Verse 1

Psalms 123:1 « A Song of degrees. » Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.

Ver. 1. Unto thee lift I up mine eyes ] Praying by them rather than by words, mine afflictions having swollen my heart too big for my mouth. See Trapp on " Psa 121:1 "

Verse 2

Psa 123:2 Behold, as the eyes of servants [look] unto the hand of their masters, [and] as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes [wait] upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.

Ver. 2. Behold, as the eyes of servants ] For direction, defence, maintenance, mercy in time of correction, help when the service is too hard, &c.; so do our eyes wait upon the Lord our God, viz. for direction and benediction.

Verse 3

Psa 123:3 Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.

Ver. 3. Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy ] This is preces fundere, coelum tundere, misericordiam extorquere, as Tertullian hath it; to wring mercy out of God’s holy hands, by our utmost importunity.

For we are exceedingly filled with contempt ] We are made the very scum and scorn of our proud imperious enemies. This the nature of man is very impatient of, and can hardly brook; for there is none so mean but holdeth himself worthy of some regard; and a reproachful scorn showeth an utter disrespect, which issueth from the very superfluity of malice.

Verse 4

Psa 123:4 Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, [and] with the contempt of the proud.

Ver. 4. Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease ] And therehence insolent and unsufferable, for κορος υβριν τικτει , ease breedeth forgetfulness, yea, it maketh men scornful and wrongful to others.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on Psalms 123". Trapp's Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/jtc/psalms-123.html. 1865-1868.