Ps 129:1-8. The people of God, often delivered from
enemies, are confident of His favor, by their overthrow in the
1, 2. may Israel now say—or, "oh! let
Israel say" (Ps 124:1).
Israel's youth was the sojourn in Egypt (Jer 2:2; Ho 2:15).
2. prevailed—literally, "been able,"
that is, to accomplish their purpose against me (Ps 13:4).
3, 4. The ploughing is a figure of
scourging, which most severe physical infliction aptly represents all
4. the cords—that is, which fasten the
plough to the ox; and cutting denotes God's arresting the
5, 6. The ill-rooted roof grass, which withers
before it grows up and procures for those gathering it no harvest
2:4), sets forth the utter
uselessness and the rejection of the wicked.