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Bible Commentaries

Smith's Writings

Psalms 120

Verses 1-7

PSALM 120

In the midst of the distresses of the captivity, the godly man finds his resource in the Lord.

(v. 1) The soul in its distress had cried unto the Lord, and had been made conscious that he was heard. From this past experience he draws encouragement in his present distress.

(vv. 2-4) The remaining verses of the psalm present the occasion of the distress. First, the godly man finds himself in a world of corruption. “Lying lips” proclaim that which is false; “a deceitful tongue” affects to speak the truth. The lies of the world are often hidden under an affectation of the truth. Plausible words may be a cover for deadly error. The psalmist realizes that judgment upon judgment is coming upon the wicked man; therefore he asks, “What shall be given unto thee? or, what shall be added unto thee?” It is not, however, for the godly man to vindicate himself: Christ, the Mighty One, (JND) will use sharp arrows and fire, against those who have spoken evil of His people ( Psa_14:5 ).

(v. 5) Secondly, the godly man deplores that he is still in a foreign land, captive to those who treat him with hostility and barbarity.

(vv. 6-7) Thirdly, the godly man is in the midst of the violent world. For long he has dwelt with those who hate peace.

Thus, though a captive in a world of corruption and violence he finds his resource in God.

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Smith, Hamilton. "Commentary on Psalms 120". "Smith's Writings". https://studylight.org/commentaries/eng/hsw/psalms-120.html. 1832.