David rejoices in the deliverances god wrought for him. The title in the greek suggests the idea of an instrumental accompaniment. Commentaries for psalm chapter 121 the safety of the godly. Psalms commentary james burton coffman commentaries. It is a clear and judicious explanation of the text, and cannot be dispensed with. Delitzsch spoke the conviction of scholars in general. Bible commentary on the book of psalms, chapter 121, by dr. This title is further explored and even exploited by invoking the. To god be all the glory, honor, thanksgiving and praises, amen. Journeys tend to be significant times for those who take them.
Psalms 121 background information with maps and images. The contents of the superscriptions vary but fall into a few broad categories. The last clause, read as a question, is answered, 2. It is a book of prayers containing the writers innermost questions and. Psalm 90, but this one is individualized singular you. That they are all short psalms, all but one very short three of them have but three verses apiece, and that they are placed next to ps. If one word could be chosen to describe the book, certainly praises would qualify, for there is no psalm that does not contain an element of praise. The book of psalms is the first and main book of the third part of the hebrew bible, of the writings hebr. Text of psalm 121 according to the 1928 psalter psalms chapter 121 text in hebrew and english. This is a wonderful psalm describing gods protection of and presence with his faithful followers cf.
Psalms 121 verses 18 speaks to me as a matter of fact psalms 121 verse 18 are my favorite. In other words, this book will help you achieve both halves of the interpretive. Psalms the book of worship the hymn book of the temple title. It moves naturally from the need for help verses 12, to the promise of gods protection verses 38. Psalms overview, one of over 110 bible commentaries freely available, this commentary was written by the thomas coke, one of the founders of the methodist church in the united states. The respondent further declares that the lord will not slumber and will not be asleep verses 34. The book begins with the sanctuary as related to man, revealing the basis of fellowship with god, leviticus 17 with psalms 7383. The lord shall preserve thy going out and thy coming in. The sleeping deity is a literary motif found in numerous texts in the ancient near east. The title in hebrew means praisesor book of praises. It is several steps in advance of its predecessor, for it tells of the peace of gods house, and the guardian care of the lord, while psalm 120 bemoans the departure of peace from the good mans abode, and his exposure to the venomous assaults of slanderous tongues.
Psalms 120 commentary matthew henry commentary on the. A psalm is a hymn of praise intended to be sung to musical accompaniment. Many readers of psalm 121 have connected it with lifes journey or at least with. The beginning in the english, in the king james version, is i will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. Let us lift up our eyes, therefore, hopefully expecting help from the hills. Psalms 121 commentary, one of over 110 bible commentaries freely available, this commentary by albert barnes. Clicking on a chapter will show you the text of that chapter of psalm in the bible king james version. Psalms 121 commentary matthew henry commentary on the. In his full commentary on the psalms, limburg transfers that title to psalm 119 and. In the greek septuagint version of the bible, and in the latin vulgate, this psalm is psalm 120 in a slightly different numbering system. David guzik commentary on psalm 121, which is another song of ascents, declaring the secure help we have in god, who keeps us.
These are all of the chapters of the book of psalm. Psalm 121 is the 121st psalm of the book of psalms. English translations of the book of psalms, as well as commentaries on it, are abundant. No help comes from anywhere else but from the eternal hills. It is several steps in advance of its predecessor, for it tells of the peace of gods house, and the guardian care of the lord, while psalm 120 bemoans the departure of peace from the good mans abode, and his exposure to the. Psalms 121 commentary spurgeons verse expositions of. Exposition explanatory notes and quaint sayings hints to the village preacher works upon this psalm title, etc.
Geneva study bible commentary on psalms chapter 121. Study the bible online using commentary on psalms 175 and more. While there is still debate in scholarly circles over whether this indicates who wrote the psalm or for whom it was written, jesus and the apostles seem to have quoted the psalms as though their titles indicated authorship mark 12. Neubauer, after a minute examination of jewish thought on the subject, writes. Psalm 121, english standard version 2016 esv the bible app. The authenticity of the psalm titles gordon college. They are also useful for teaching and confirming that jesus is the christ or messiah. Thirtles book, the titles of the psalms, published in 1904 and considered by some to be the standard work on the subject is no longer of much help in dealing with the real issues. Psalm bible book with full chapters king james version.
The hebrew title for the book is tehilim, meaning praises. We must not rely upon men and means, instruments and second causes. Some call this the soldiers psalm, and think it was penned in the camp, when david was hazarding his life in the high places of the field, and thus trusted god to cover. The ones that do contain this information refer to the following writers. My help comes from the lord, who made heaven and earth. For example, david seems to have written psalms 2 and 33 even though his name does not occur in the superscriptions cf. Psalm 121 commentary by rolf jacobson working preacher. Verse 1b, should probably be retranslated as a question, which is quite permissible. The hymnal of israel, book v psalms 107150 previous page next page psalm 121 bible commentary on the book of psalms, chapter 121, by dr. This psalm begins with expressions of devotion, which may be applied to christ. Some call this the soldiers psalm, and think it was penned in the camp, when david was hazarding his life in the high places of the field, and thus trusted god to cover his head in the day of battle. Psalm 121, joan stott, prayers and meditations based on lectionary psalms, 2011. Psalms of ascents or pilgrim psalms chapters 120 4, were sung by pilgrims journeying up to jerusalem for the three annual feasts of passover, pentecost, and tabernacles. As a song sung by travelers, this is particularly relevant for the trust placed in god through the journey.
If the psalm has a title, you will probably have to add one to the verse for the correct verse number for example, ps 67. I will lift up mine eyesexpresses desire compare ps 25. Psalms overview thomas coke commentary on the holy bible. The title is derived from the greek translation, psalmoi. Read psalms 175 commentary using matthew henry commentary on the whole bible complete. Anderson psalms, volume 2 of 2, new century bible commentary, london.
Psalms 121 commentary matthew henry commentary on the whole. Oliphants, 1972, page 638 comments, the hebrew teruah festal shout is the noise of shouting, or the noise created by the musical instruments. Thus the psalms are useful for singing praises to god. It reminds us where our help comes from and infuses us with confidence.
In this way ought we to apply this title of god to the case in hand. The book of psalms sefer tehillim my jewish learning. David composed at least 73 psalms, mostly in the first two books of the psalter i. Psalm 121 explained discover the 66 books of the bible. Studying the psalms 2 book 3 called the leviticus book of 17 psalms 73 through 89 its general theme concerns the sanctuary and its purpose concerning god and man. The book of psalms is a book of songs that is sometimes called israels national hymnbook. In other places in the book of psalms, the psalm singers call on the lord to awaken psalms 7. He will not allow your foot to slip or to be moved. It is well that it is not material what the meaning of that title should be, for nothing is offered towards the explication of it, no, not.
The book of psalms, chapter 121 sacred name king james version. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. Jul 18, 20 if the psalm has a title, you will probably have to add one to the verse for the correct verse number for example, ps 67. In the thirteenth chapter of the first book of chronicles, it is related, that david brought up the ark from kirjathjearim to the house of obededom. The title of psalm 121 reads a song of ascents niv. Matthew henrys bible commentary concise read all of psalm 121 complete concise. War, wrote, my favorite chapter is the travellers psalm, psalm 121. The biblical book of psalms is a collection of 150 of these hymns. As a song sung by travelers, this is particular relevant for its trust in god through the journey. Study the bible online using commentary on psalm 120. Historically, this title has created a plethora of interpretations and approaches to this collection of psalms, but recent scholarship has come to a general.
Psalms 175 commentary matthew henry commentary on the. From all these different expositions of the titles. My help comes from the lord, the maker of heaven and earth. This psalms commentary from the niv application commentary series will help. Psalms 121 commentary james burton coffman commentaries on. The psalmist with the eye of faith could see it coming, so he watched its approach. Now as that was one psalm divided into many parts, so these were many psalms, which, being short, were sometimes sung all together, and made, as it were, one psalm.
This is the second of the series of psalms which are titled a song of ascents. It is several steps in advance of its predecessor, for it tells of the peace of gods house, and the guardian care of the lord, while psalm 120 bemoans the departure of peace from the good mans abode, and his. It is a book of praises, but some of the psalms are written out of deep despair and questioning. The psalm is the second in a collection of 15 psalms with es sentially the same title. Read psalms 121 commentary using matthew henry commentary on the whole bible complete. Thine early days of youth, when thou art going out into life. An easyenglish translation with notes about 1200 word vocabulary on psalm 121.
Psalm 121 matthew henrys concise commentary on the bible. If you want to accept jesus as your personal lord and savior and enjoy the benefits of the bible fully, please pray this prayer, lord j. The notes explain some of the words with a star by them. The english title comes for the septuagint, which entitled the book psalmoi, meaning sacred songs sung to musical accompaniment. This psalm is the first of those fifteen which are here put together under the title of songs of degrees. The reader of psalms does not have to move through the book from beginning to end as with other books of the bible, for the psalms are not successive chapters of a story, but individual songs and poems. Discussion on the book of psalms chapter 121 from the king james bible online. The title of the book of psalms in the hebrew is sepher tehillim, meaning book of praises, and indeed it is a fitting title.
David livingstone, the famous missionary and explorer of the continent of africa, read psalm 121 and psalm 5, which praises god for his sovereign rule over all things, as. The title of the book in hebrew is tehillim, which means praises. You can learn more from a book if you stop and ask it questions than if you. Psalms 122 chapter 121 some call this the soldiers psalm, and think it was penned in the camp, when david was hazarding his life in the high places of the field, and thus trusted god to cover his head in the day of battle. For scholarly observations and insights, one fine entry point is the psalms section of the jewish study bible, whose editors, adele berlin and marc zvi brettler, set each psalm. Psalms 121, new international version niv the bible app. This is the second of the series of psalms titled, a song of ascents. My help comes from the lord i will lift up my eyes to the hills around jerusalem, to sacred mount zion and mount moriahfrom whence shall my help come. Joseph a alexander psalms commentary 1864 spurgeon had high praise for alexanders work writing that it occupies a first place among expositions. But actually, peter in acts chapter 4 and verse 25 reveals that it was in fact david who wrote this psalm. Some call this the soldiers psalm, and think it was penned in the camp, when david was hazarding his life in the high places of the field. Acrostic psalms are those in which each verse begins with a consecutive letter of the hebrew alphabet chapters 9, 10, 25, 34, 37, 111, 112, 119, 145.
Psalms with book summary versebyverse bible commentary. This is my assurance that this bible verses applies to me, my family, and all those i pray for each and everyday. The entire text is available in hebrew and english free of charge on sefaria. Psalms commentary, one of over 110 bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the church of christ, presents a verse level look at the bible. Some call this the soldiers psalm, and think it was penned in the camp, when david was hazarding his life in the high places of the field, and thus. This psalm fits well against the backdrop of a pilgrimage for it is concerned with the uncertainties one faces on such a journey. London, 1877, there are expositions of psalms 121, 124, 127, and. A word list at the end explains all the words that have a star.969 489 267 928 73 963 1180 1154 1407 122 207 359 497 857 1331 1194 19 838 685 830 1211 898 738 1529 942 478 960 205 785 170 1423 248 559