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FRAMEWORKS: Psalm 129: Awareness of enemies


A song of ascents.


[Preliminary Comments: In this tenth short psalm of ascents, is a simple memory that the people of God had suffered opposition throughout their history [v.1-3], but God had been there for them again and again [v.4]. Righteousness demands that those who oppose God's people therefore come under His judgment [v.5-8]. A psalm of awareness.]



v.1-3 Israel's history was one of opposition by neighbours


v.1  ‘They have greatly oppressed me from my youth,'
    let Israel say;
v.2  ‘they have greatly oppressed me from my youth,
    but they have not gained the victory over me.
v.3  Ploughmen have ploughed my back
    and made their furrows long.

v.4 But God in His goodness delivered them from their wicked neighbours


v.4  But the Lord is righteous;
    he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.'


v.5-8 May those who oppose Jerusalem be judged accordingly


v.5  May [i] all who hate Zion
    be turned back in shame.
v.6  May [ii] they be like grass on the roof,
    which withers before it can grow;
v.7  a reaper cannot fill his hands with it,
    nor one who gathers fill his arms.
v.8  May [iii] those who pass by not say to them,
    ‘The blessing of the Lord be on you;
    we bless you in the name of the Lord.'



[Additional Comments: The history of Israel originated in servitude, involved opposition in moving to their divine destination, and taking possession of it, and then experienced it from ungodly neighbours again and again. This psalm simply recognises their experience in history – opposed but supported by God.]



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