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Bible Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalms 129

Introduction

1An exhortation to praise God for saving Israel in their great afflictions.
5The haters of the church are cursed.

Verse 1

Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say:
A. M. 3470. B.C. 534. (Title.) A Song of degrees. This Psalm was most probably composed in consequence of the opposition of the Samaritans
Ezra 4:1-23; Psalms 120:1; 121:1; 122:1; 123:1; 124:1; 125:1; 126:1; 127:1; *titles; 128:1; *title
Many
or, Much. have they.
Exodus 1:12-14,22; 5:7-19; Judges 2:15; 10:8-12; 1 Samuel 13:19; Lamentations 1:3
from
Jeremiah 2:2; Ezekiel 23:3; Hosea 2:15; 11:1
may
124:1
Reciprocal: 2 Samuel 19:7 - all the evil; Psalm 66:12 - caused; Isaiah 54:11 - thou afflicted; Jeremiah 15:20 - but; Acts 7:19 - General

Verse 2

Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me.
yet they have
34:19; 118:13; 125:1; Job 5:19; Matthew 16:18; Romans 8:35-39; John 16:33; Revelation 12:8,9
Reciprocal: 2 Samuel 19:7 - all the evil; Ezra 5:5 - that they; Psalm 94:5 - break; Jeremiah 1:19 - And they; Jeremiah 15:20 - but

Verse 3

The plowers plowed upon my back: they made long their furrows.
The plowers
141:7; Isaiah 51:23
Reciprocal: Job 39:10 - General; Psalm 94:5 - break; Isaiah 9:12 - devour Israel; Mark 15:15 - when; John 19:1 - scourged

Verse 4

The LORD is righteous: he hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked.
The Lord
Ezra 9:15; Nehemiah 9:33; Lamentations 1:18; 3:22; Daniel 9:7
cut asunder
124:6,7; 140:5-11
Reciprocal: Exodus 9:27 - the Lord; 2 Chronicles 12:6 - the Lord; Revelation 16:5 - Thou art

Verse 5

Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.
be confounded
83:4-11; 122:6; Esther 6:13; 9:5; Isaiah 10:12; 37:22,28,29,35; Zechariah 1:14-17; 12:3,6; 1 Corinthians 16:22
Reciprocal: Psalm 35:4 - turned; Psalm 35:26 - ashamed; Psalm 37:2 - General; Jeremiah 30:16 - General; Lamentations 1:13 - he hath turned; John 18:6 - they went

Verse 6

Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, which withereth afore it groweth up:
as the grass
37:2; 92:7; Jeremiah 17:5,6; Matthew 13:6
Reciprocal: Genesis 41:23 - thin; 2 Kings 19:26 - the grass; Job 8:12 - General; Isaiah 37:27 - as the grass of; 1 Peter 1:24 - all flesh

Verse 7

Wherewith the mower filleth not his hand; nor he that bindeth sheaves his bosom.
he that bindeth
126:6; Isaiah 17:10,11; Hosea 8:7; Galatians 6:8
Reciprocal: Genesis 41:23 - thin; Ruth 2:4 - The Lord; Job 8:12 - General

Verse 8

Neither do they which go by say, The blessing of the LORD be upon you: we bless you in the name of the LORD.
The blessing
118:26; Ruth 2:4 Reciprocal: Genesis 47:10 - General; Deuteronomy 6:7 - shalt talk; 1 Samuel 13:10 - salute him; 2 Samuel 8:10 - to bless him; Job 21:29 - go by; Psalm 1:3 - whatsoever; Jeremiah 31:23 - The Lord; 2 John 1:10 - neither

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Bibliographical Information
Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 129". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/psalms-129.html.