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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures
Psalms 129

 

 

Verses 1-8

Psalm 129

Psalm 129:1 (A Song of degrees.) Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say:

Psalm 129:1Word 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 129:6 Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, which withereth afore it groweth up:

Psalm 129:6 — "Let them be as the grass upon the housetops" - Comments- It is a common site in underdeveloped countries for grass and even shrubbery and small trees to grow in the cracks of buildings and on the flat roofs that collect dirt and debris. So it was in the days of the Old Testament.

 


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Psalms 129:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ghe/psalms-129.html. 2013.

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