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Bible Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalms 123

Introduction

1The godly profess their confidence in God;
3and pray to be delivered from contempt.

Verse 1

Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.
A. M. cir. 3463. B.C. cir. 541. (Title.) A Song of degrees. This Psalm is probably a complaint of the captives in Babylon, relative to the contempt and cruel usage they received
120:1; 121:1; 122:1; 123:1; 124:1; 125:1; 126:1; 127:1; 128:1; *titles; 129:1; 130:1; 131:1; 132:1; 133:1; 134:1; *titles
lift I
25:15; 121:1; 141:8; Luke 18:13
O thou
2:4; 11:4; 113:5,6; 115:3; Isaiah 57:15; 66:1; Matthew 6:9
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 8:30 - and hear; 2 Kings 19:14 - spread it; 2 Chronicles 6:21 - thy dwelling place; 2 Chronicles 20:12 - our eyes; Psalm 33:14 - General; Psalm 34:5 - They; Psalm 38:15 - do; Psalm 136:26 - the God of heaven; Isaiah 33:5 - he dwelleth; Isaiah 37:14 - and Hezekiah went; Isaiah 38:14 - mine eyes; Isaiah 63:15 - the habitation; Ezekiel 18:6 - neither hath lifted; Daniel 4:34 - lifted; John 11:41 - And Jesus; John 17:1 - and lifted

Verse 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.
as the eyes
Joshua 9:23,27; 10:6
so our eyes
40:1-3; 119:82,123-125; 130:5,6; Genesis 32:26; 49:18; Lamentations 3:25,26; Luke 18:1
Reciprocal: 1 Kings 1:20 - the eyes; 2 Kings 5:2 - waited on; 2 Chronicles 20:12 - our eyes; Psalm 25:3 - wait; Psalm 25:15 - Mine; Psalm 34:5 - They; Psalm 52:9 - wait; Psalm 62:1 - my soul; Psalm 141:8 - mine eyes; Proverbs 27:18 - shall be; Isaiah 33:2 - be gracious; Isaiah 40:31 - they that; Ezekiel 18:6 - neither hath lifted; Hosea 3:1 - look; Hosea 12:6 - wait; Zephaniah 3:8 - wait; Ephesians 6:5 - be; Colossians 3:22 - obey

Verse 3

Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.
Have mercy
56:1,2; 57:1; 69:13-16; Luke 18:11-13
for we are
44:13-16; 89:50,51; Nehemiah 4:2-4; Isaiah 53:3; Luke 16:14; 23:35
Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 17:42 - disdained; 1 Samuel 25:10 - Who is David; 2 Kings 18:23 - I will deliver; 2 Kings 19:3 - This day; Nehemiah 4:4 - Hear; Job 12:5 - of him; Job 19:15 - count me; Job 35:12 - because; Psalm 13:2 - exalted; Psalm 31:18 - speak; Psalm 36:11 - foot; Psalm 52:9 - wait; Psalm 119:22 - Remove; Psalm 119:51 - proud; Psalm 137:3 - For there; Psalm 140:5 - The proud; Proverbs 11:12 - that; Proverbs 14:2 - but; Proverbs 18:3 - General; Isaiah 36:8 - and I; Jeremiah 33:24 - thus; Jeremiah 51:51 - are confounded; Lamentations 3:14 - General; Lamentations 3:30 - filled; Lamentations 5:1 - behold; Ezekiel 36:6 - General; Mark 5:40 - they

Verse 4

Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.
with the scorning
73:5-9; 119:51; Job 12:5; 16:4; Jeremiah 48:11,27,29; Acts 17:21,32; Acts 26:24; 1 Corinthians 4:13 Reciprocal: 1 Samuel 17:42 - disdained; 1 Samuel 25:10 - Who is David; 2 Kings 18:23 - I will deliver; 2 Kings 19:3 - This day; Nehemiah 4:4 - Hear; Job 35:12 - because; Psalm 13:2 - exalted; Psalm 17:10 - with; Psalm 31:18 - speak; Psalm 36:11 - foot; Psalm 44:13 - scorn; Psalm 69:20 - Reproach; Psalm 119:22 - Remove; Psalm 137:3 - For there; Psalm 140:5 - The proud; Proverbs 11:12 - that; Proverbs 14:2 - but; Proverbs 18:3 - General; Isaiah 36:8 - and I; Jeremiah 33:24 - thus; Jeremiah 43:2 - all the; Jeremiah 49:31 - wealthy nation; Jeremiah 51:51 - are confounded; Lamentations 3:14 - General; Lamentations 5:1 - behold; Ezekiel 36:6 - General; Mark 5:40 - they; John 8:22 - Will

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 123". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/psalms-123.html.