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Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible
Psalms 126

 

 

Verses 1-3

Psalm 126:1-6. To praise for God‘s favor to His people is added a prayer for its continued manifestation.

When the Lord, etc. — The joy of those returned from Babylon was ecstatic, and elicited the admiration even of the heathen, as illustrating God‘s great power and goodness.

turned again the captivity — that is, restored from it (Job 39:12; Psalm 14:7; Proverbs 12:14). Hengstenberg translates: “When the Lord turned Himself to the turning of Zion” (see Margin), God returns to His people when they return to Him (Deuteronomy 30:2, Deuteronomy 30:3).


Verse 4

All did not return at once; hence the prayer for repeated favors.

as the streams in the south — or, the torrents in the desert south of Judea, dependent on rain (Joshua 15:9), reappearing after dry seasons (compare Job 6:15; Psalm 68:9). The point of comparison is joy at the reappearing of what has been so painfully missed.


Verse 5-6

As in husbandry the sower may cast his seed in a dry and parched soil with desponding fears, so those shall reap abundant fruit who toil in tears with the prayer of faith. (Compare the history, Ezra 6:16, Ezra 6:22).


Verse 6

He that goeth forth — literally, better, “He goes - he comes, he comes,” etc. The repetition implies there is no end of weeping here, as there shall be no end of joy hereafter (Isaiah 35:10).

precious seed — rather, seed to be drawn from the seed box for sowing; literally, “seed-draught.” Compare on this Psalm, Jeremiah 31:9, etc.

 


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Bibliography Information
Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 126:4". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/psalms-126.html. 1871-8.

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