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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
Psalms 120

 

 

Introduction
1David prays against Doeg;
3reproves his tongue;
5complains of his necessary conversation with the wicked.

Verse 1
In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.
(Title
&) A Song of degrees. Bp. Patrick and others suppose this Psalm to have been composed by David, when the calumnies of Doeg and others forced him to flee his country.
121:1; 122:1; 123:1; 124:1; 125:1; 126:1; 127:1; 128:1; 129:1; *titles; 130:1; 131:1; 132:1; 133:1; 134:1; *titles
my distress
18:6; 30:7,8; 50:15; 107:13; 116:3,4; 118:5; Isaiah 37:3,4,14-20; Isaiah 38:2-5; Jonah 2:2; Luke 22:44; Hebrews 5:7

Verse 2
Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.
from lying lips
35:11; 52:2-4; 109:1,2; 140:1-3; Matthew 26:59-62

Verse 3
What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue?
What shall, etc
or, What shall the deceitful tongue give unto thee? or, What shall it profit thee?
Job 27:8; Matthew 16:26; Romans 6:21
done
Heb. added.

Verse 4
Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.
Sharp, etc
or, It is as the sharp arrows of the mighty man, with coals of juniper.
57:4; 59:7; Proverbs 11:9,12,18; 16:27; 18:8,21; James 3:5-8
arrows
7:13; 52:5; 140:9,11; Deuteronomy 32:23,24; Proverbs 12:22; 19:5,9; Revelation 21:8

Verse 5
Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar!
Woe
Jeremiah 9:2,3,6; 15:10; Micah 7:1,2; 2 Peter 2:7,8; Revelation 2:13
Mesech
Genesis 10:2; Ezekiel 27:13
Meshech
the tents.
Genesis 25:13; 1 Samuel 25:1; Song of Solomon 1:5; Isaiah 60:6,7; Jeremiah 49:28,29

Verse 6
My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace.
soul
57:4; 1 Samuel 20:30-33; Ezekiel 2:6; Matthew 10:16,36; Titus 3:3

Verse 7
I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.
for peace
or, a man of peace.
34:14; 35:20; 55:20; 2 Samuel 20:19; Matthew 5:9; Romans 12:18; Ephesians 2:14-17; Hebrews 12:14
when
1 Samuel 24:9-11; 26:2-4

 


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Bibliography Information
Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 120:4". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-120.html.

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Monday, November 11th, 2019
the Week of Proper 27 / Ordinary 32
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