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Psalm 122

Song of Praise and Prayer for Jerusalem

A Song of Ascents. Of David.

1

I was glad when they said to me,

“Let us go to the house of the Lord!”

2

Our feet are standing

within your gates, O Jerusalem.

 

3

Jerusalem—built as a city

that is bound firmly together.

4

To it the tribes go up,

the tribes of the Lord,

as was decreed for Israel,

to give thanks to the name of the Lord.

5

For there the thrones for judgment were set up,

the thrones of the house of David.

 

6

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:

“May they prosper who love you.

7

Peace be within your walls,

and security within your towers.”

8

For the sake of my relatives and friends

I will say, “Peace be within you.”

9

For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,

I will seek your good.


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Ps 122:1-9. This Psalm might well express the sacred joy of the pilgrims on entering the holy city, where praise, as the religious as well as civil metropolis, is celebrated, and for whose prosperity, as representing the Church, prayer is offered.

1, 2. Our feet shall stand—literally, "are standing."

2. gates—(Compare Ps 9:14; 87:2).

3-5. compact together—all parts united, as in David's time.

4. testimony—If "unto" is supplied, this may denote the ark (Ex 25:10-21); otherwise the act of going is denoted, called a testimony in allusion to the requisition (De 16:16), with which it was a compliance.

5. there are set thrones—or, "do sit, thrones," used for the occupants, David's sons (2Sa 8:18).

6, 7. Let peace—including prosperity, everywhere prevail.

8, 9. In the welfare of the city, as its civil, and especially the religious relations, was involved that of Israel.

now—as in Ps 115:2.

9. Let me say—house of … God—in wider sense, the Church, whose welfare would be promoted by the good of Jerusalem.




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