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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Psalms 124

 

 

Verses 1-8

Psalm 124

Psalm 124:1 (A Song of degrees of David.) If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say;

Psalm 124:1Word Study on "degrees" - Strong says the Hebrew word "ma'alah" ( מַעֲלָה) (H 4609) literally means, "elevations," and in book of Psalm it means, "a climatic progression." Strong says this word is derived from the Hebrew verb "‘alah" ( עָלָה) (H 5927), which means "to ascend." This noun occurs 45 times in the Old Testament Scriptures and is often translated "steps," as in 1 Kings 10:19. In 2 Kings 20:9-11 "ma'alah" ( מַעֲלָה) is translated "degrees," referring to the ten steps the shadow regressed on the king's sundial.

Psalm 124:2 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, when men rose up against us:

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Psalms 124:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/psalms-124.html. 2013.

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