By comparing the Keri (Hebrew marginal readings) in various places, it also appears that the terms are interchangeable, or that the latter is to be preferred, as in our common English text. The church, celebrating her incredible return out of captivity, prayeth for, and prophesieth the good success thereof. (Calmet) --- But still depended more on Providence than on his own industry. 1857. Psalm 126A song of ascents. John Trapp Complete Commentary. “So far,” he materially says, “is any mind from comprehending this unparalleled benefit of God, that the bare thinking upon it transports us with amazement, as if it were a dream, and not an event which had already taken place. Cyrus was mentioned by name, between two and three hundred years before he was born, and declared to be God's anointed for opening the two-leaved gates, upon which occasion God would loose the loins of kings. McCaw attempted to express the meaning of the whole psalm with the following adequate analysis. like the streams in the Negev.”. So the English version. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/psalms-126.html. This is a glorious redemption. Long story, short, under the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonians sacked Jerusalem and took the brightest and best of the Jewish population to Babylon. Well, you won’t find a poster of the Negeb! Never doubt the influence you have, both individually and as a church, on the life of others. If you’ve been away for a while, we’re nearing the end of our Lenten journey. When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. “The joy was too great for men to take it all in. "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". Mr. INTRODUCTION: We are continuing in our study on the Psalms of Ascent, and our message series is called Stepping Stones to Gods Heart. Ver. "[1] That rendition is, "When the Lord turned the captivity of Sion, we became as comforted ones. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". The Babylonian Captivity lasted seventy years. Psalm 126:1-6 A Song of the Ascents. EXPOSITION: 1. The Hebrew word which is rendered in the text captivity means properly return; and then, those returning. Christ died for the forgiveness of your sins that you might receive the promise of eternal life. Josephus gives this account of the edict of Cyrus. PSALM 126 PRAYERS: If you are in any of the situations listed above or more, then these powerful psalm 126 prayers are for you: Dear Lord turns exile into ecstasy, and banishment into bliss., Lord, Let our hearts gratefully remember all your former loving kindnesses; Dear Lord, strengthen my faith, I believe in you. What we translate them that dream, is by many expositors rendered, them that are recovered to health: a sense which may be very proper, as signifying that this wonderful change was like the recovery of health after a very tedious sickness. Amen! The root ch-l-m can mean to dream, or to be healthy or strong (Job 39:4; Isaiah 38:16, where the hiphil is used). BibliographyGill, John. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed for sowing, Hood? In this passage, the turning of Job's "captivity," simply meant the restoration of his good fortunes and not his release from imprisonment or captivity. See Acts 12:9. As we look more closely at Psalm 126, I hope you’ll get the message of how God is just faithful in watching over us today. “Then they said among the nations, And every poor sinner, redeemed by Christ, may well take up the same language. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then... Psalm 126 A Harvest of Joy - A Song of Ascents. It is the seventh in the series of 15 songs for pilgrims coming to Jerusalem. 1. Biblical Commentary The whole was to be traced to God. But, why did they not give the honor to Cyrus? .--Literally, In turning by Jehovah the turning of Zion. They were on their way down, safe and sound. Never before, in the whole history of the human race, had there ever been anything like this; and, we might add, there's never been anything like it since then! we could scarcely believe it, but were apt to look upon ourselves as only in a dream of so great happiness." https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/psalms-126.html. Dream — We were so surprized and astonished. I can tell you, it’s a desolate place. Check out these helpful resources https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/psalms-126.html. Psalms 126:2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. That those who sow in sadness We drove through a portion of it on our way from Jerusalem to Cairo in 1997. For when Cyrus (as we read in the book of Ezra) gave commandment for the Jews to return to Jerusalem, and to rebuild the temple, it might well excite the astonishment of all that heard it. So I prefer, on account of the different forms in Psalms 126:1 and Psalms 126:4. According to Matthew Henry, it was likely written upon the return of the Israelites from Babylonian captivity. BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. The inmate was sitting on his bunk with his head in his hands, as if lamenting his crime. We must labour, and still expect success from God alone. And how ought redemption from the wrath to come, from the power of sin and of Satan, to be valued! and our tongue with singing” (Psalm 126:1-2). 1599-1645. Or else it is from the root, to return [ shuwb (Hebrew #7725)] - literally, 'turned the returning.' "[5] However, there are several other occasions in the history of Israel which are just as likely to have occasioned this psalm. 21., and Genesis xxx. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". which sense the word has in Job 39:4; and will be the case of the Jews, when they are converted; who will be recovered out of the sick state and condition in which they now are, and have all their diseases healed, and sins forgiven; yea, their conversion will be as life from the dead, a resurrection of them from their graves, Romans 11:15. Joseph Benson's Commentary. See Job 42:10 and Ezekiel 16:53 and Ezekiel 16:56, where it is three times explained as "return to your former estate". Like them that dream.—The LXX. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. Psalm 126.5-6 . BibliographyClarke, Adam. This passage is both testimonial and prophetic. Psalms 126:1. The Turkish fleet has been attacked in the Bay of Navarino by the combined fleets of the above powers in October, 1827, under the command of the British Admiral, Sir Edward Codrington, and totally annihilated. Psalm 126 refers to Tzion (ציון), one of the Bible’s names for Yerushalayim, which is also used in a more general sense for the entire Land of Israel.This name is closely related to the word for ‘special’ and ‘distinctive,’ m’tzuyan (מצוין).This teaches that God’s holy city is more than a location. KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT. Psalms 126:1 « A Song of degrees. Faith anticipates that the work of rebuilding the temple, now carried on with tears because of the Samaritan foe (Ezra 3:1-13; Ezra 4:1-24; Ezra 5:1-17; Ezra 6:1-22), will be completed with joy (Psalms 126:4-6); cf. When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion, We were like those who dream. When by this repetition the glad tidings were confirmed, there arose such a shout, accompanied with repeated clapping of hands, as plainly showed that of all good things none is so dear to the multitude as Liberty. A deserving family is chosen to receive a Habitat for Humanity house, and all the neighbors say it was a blessing from God. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. 1801-1803. 1871-8. Abiding is not enough, fruitfulness is added. Commentary on Psalm 126:1-3. Briggs placed it in the "Greek period, when the people longed for a return of prosperity. Had the climbers been delayed momentarily – say, they were thirty minutes late reporting in – their loved ones may have had a few anxious moments and then let out a sigh of relief, but it wouldn’t have caused a nationwide celebration. Vix satis se credere se quisque audisse: alii alios intueri mirabundi velut somnii vanam speciem: guod ad guemque pertineret, suarum aurium fidei minimum credentes, proximos interrogabant. Revocatur praeco, cum unusquisque non audire, sed videre libertatis suae nuncium averit, iterum pronunciaret eadem. "People that were dreaming" means that people could not believe the good thing that God did for them! Turned… the captivity—An obscure form of speech. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". Charles Wesley got it right when he penned the words. Whether they’re willing to admit it or not, your faithfulness has a positive effect on others: “Restore our fortunes again, Yahweh, Jubilation filled the air. Psalm 126:1, NASB: "A Song of Ascents. All other rights reserved. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". Those who sow in tears will reap in joy. המעלות שׁיר Shiir hammangaloth.] So the idiomatic phrase is used, Psalms 53:6, a psalm of David, ages before the return from the Babylonian captivity; which, however, is doubtless the particular event here alluded to under the general phrase. Next time something nice happens to you – say, you get a windfall or receive an unexpected blessing – instead of saying, “Today’s my lucky day,” simply whisper this little prayer: “Thank you, Lord.”. Go to. Tum ab certo jam gaudio tantus cum clamore plausus est ortus, totiesque repetitus, ut facile appareret, nihil omnium bonorum multitudini gratius quam Libertatem esse. Psalm 126 expresses the themes of redemption and joy and gratitude to God. The old and infirmed were left to die. Click here for more information. 2. 126: 1-6. To get what Psalm 126:1 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity. The ancient versions render it captivity. Because of the past, they can certainly imagine a stunningly glorious future, where the sad can’t stop laughing, where tears are dried and replaced with shouts of joy. lib. BibliographyBenson, Joseph. What he could have seen, if he’d looked up, is that the door to his cell was open. Title. Would you sing, “O, for a tongue to sing …?” Ten tongues? He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Psa. The theme of restoration that began with Psalm 80 in Advent 1, and Psalm 85 in Advent 2, is continued this week in Psalm 126. It is the normal word used for "repentance" (see Special Topic: Repentance in the OT) from the basic meaning … The weather was worsening. (Berthier) --- House, or temple, and grant children, Exodus i. Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. A hundred? Mr. Mudge conjectures from the 4th verse, that it was written just at the juncture of the restoration, before it was fully completed. But what was all this in comparison to the salvation of Jesus? Abiding is not enough, fruitfulness is added. 1983-1999. Psalm 126:1-8 Too Good to Be True (McLarty), All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, We were the talk of the nations— “GOD was wonderful to them!” GOD was wonderful to us; we are one happy people. It was of a prison cell. Spiritual Meaning Of Dream About Prison/Jail (Prov 26:27) Psalm 126: 1 – 4: “When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-126.html. (Jeremiah 25:12, and Jeremiah 29:10.) Just this: The more you know the power of sin – the “total depravity of man,” as Calvin put it – the more you can appreciate the redemption bought for us by death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. 2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". The chances of rescue looked slim. 3 The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion - i:e., When He restored her to prosperity. “He breaks the power of canceled sin, No wonder they laughed and sang for joy. vi. "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". Restore Our Fortunes, O Lord A Song of m Ascents. and we are glad” (Psalm 126:2-3). Even the phrase shub shebuth can have this general meaning within the Old Testament. Psalms 128:5-6; Lamentations 3:1). We were like them that dream; we were so surprised and astonished with the report of such a favour, that we could not believe our own eyes and ears, but thought it to be but a dream or delusion of our own fancies; as is usual in matters of great joy, as Genesis 45:26 Luke 24:11 Acts 12:9. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. Please make your way in God’s Word to the 126th psalm. BibliographyWesley, John. What seemed to be a hopeless situation proved to be nothing short of a miracle. To answer your good question, let’s read Psalm 126:1-6, … Cyrus himself led the way in proclaiming, not himself, but God as the author of Israel's return to Jerusalem. This proclamation of the herald being heard, there was such joy, that the people in general could not comprehend it. This psalm is generally allowed to have been composed by Ezra, upon the return of the Jews from the Babylonish captivity. (Muis) --- He was to undertake various important works during his reign, (Haydock) particularly the temple, at the dedication of which this might be sung. Every day she’d sit at her kitchen table and pray for the Lord to provide for her needs. Silence being obtained, he solemnly pronounced the following words: -. I’m sure you must get tired of me saying this, but this is why I think it’s so important to be up front about our sinful nature and not to be ashamed to sing with Isaac Watts, “Alas, and did my Savior bleed, 126 When Jehovah gathered back the captives of Zion, + We thought we were dreaming. And sing the song of joy, and sing the song of joy.” BibliographyCalvin, John. Do you remember, a few weeks ago, the news about the mountain climbers who were trapped in the snow on Mt. Why do the Christian powers of Europe stand by, and see the ark of their God in captivity; the holy name by which they are called despised and execrated; the vilest indignities offered to those who are called Christians, by barbarians the most cruel, ferocious, and abominable that ever disgraced the name of man? Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 126 EXEGESIS: CONTEXT: This psalm is composed of two sections: Verses 1-3 speak of a wondrous, joyful time "when Yahweh brought back those who returned to Zion." (1) When the Lord . i. We laughed, we sang, we couldn’t believe our good fortune. like the streams in the Negev. To put it this way, you know when go into a travel agency and see all the posters of beautiful and exotic places to visit? Psalm 126 is known in scholarship as a “Song of Ascent” (shir ha-ma’alot in Hebrew) – chanted by happy pilgrims on their way up to the mountain-city of Jerusalem. BibliographyTrapp, John. My great Redeemer’s praise, 1832. He writes, “O God, restore our nation; come, irrigate dry souls, The reference clearly is to those who were returning to Zion, and the psalmist fixes his eye on them as returning, and immediately says that it … 126:1; a prayer for YHWH to do it again, Ps. Hengstenberg translates, 'When the Lord turned to the returning of Zion' - i:e., turned in mercy to them when they returned in penitence to Him (Deuteronomy 30:2-3; Deuteronomy 30:9-10; Deuteronomy 4:30; Isaiah 10:21-22; Isaiah 59:20; Nehemiah 1:8-9). https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/psalms-126.html. (Presbyterian Hymnal, p. 237). "E.W. You can judge for yourself, but I think it’s true – the worse the circumstances, the more dramatic the response when the situation is reversed. You see it all the time: Bill and Melinda Gates donate a billion dollars to fight AIDS in Africa, and the whole world sits up and takes notice. Audita voce praeconis, majus gaudium fuit, quam quod universum homines caperent. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, When the Lord turned again the captivity -, When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion -, WHEN THE LORD RESTORED THE FORTUNES OF ZION, "Then said they ... Jehovah hath done great things for them", John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. 1905. As if they would say, We could hardly believe our senses. Psalm 126:1, … It’s like a dream, too good to be true. The illustration is in Luke 24:41. The reference clearly is to those who were returning to Zion, and the psalmist fixes his eye on them as returning, and immediately says that it was the Lord who had thus restored them. (O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing), If you were to rewrite Wesley’s hymn today, how many tongues would you need to praise God for your deliverance from sin and death? This Psalm was composed by Ezra, or some other man of God, at the return of Israel from Babylon. Amen! In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Compare Job 42:10; Psalms 14:7; Hosea 6:11. --- It. The background is the Babylonian Captivity. For the title here we have selected the opening line of the RSV. The paragraphing of the composition was understood by Spurgeon as: "(1) a narrative (Psalms 126:1-2); (2) a song (Psalms 126:3); (3) a prayer (Psalms 126:4); and (4) a promise (Psalms 126:5-6)."[4]. 1874-1909. 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