Ps 126:1-6. To praise for God's favor to His people
is added a prayer for its continued manifestation.
1-3. When the Lord, &c.—The joy of
those returned from Babylon was ecstatic, and elicited the admiration
even of the heathen, as illustrating God's great power and
turned again the captivity—that is,
restored from it (Job 39:12; Ps 14:7; Pr 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 (De 30:2, 3).
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 (Jos 15:9), reappearing after dry seasons (compare
6:15; Ps 68:9). The point of
comparison is joy at the reappearing of what has been so painfully
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, Ezr 6:16, 22).
6. He that goeth forth—literally,
better, "He goes—he comes, he comes," &c. The repetition
implies there is no end of weeping here, as there shall be no end of
joy hereafter (Isa 35:10).
precious seed—rather, seed to be drawn
from the seed box for sowing; literally, "seed-draught." Compare on
this Psalm, Jer 31:9,