A Song of Ascents. 2012. as the streams in the south; as great and wonderful a work as causing rivers to be in dry places, and as grateful and acceptable as brooks and streams of water in southern countries: or like streams produced by the south wind, which brings rain, and melts the snow from the hills; which, running into the valleys, cause flows of water in great abundance: and so may denote the abundance of those that should share in the blessings of conversion, redemption, and salvation; as well as the wonderfulness and acceptableness of them; see Isaiah 41:18. "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". in the south = in the Negeb, where, in the hill-country of Judaea the "aphikim are turned about in their beds between the rocks and in the gorges. Psalms 126:4. Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south. “Thou art the same Lord, whose property is always to have mercy.” Thy sure mercy we look for. as the streams in the south — or, the torrents in the desert south of Judea, dependent on rain (Joshua 15:9), reappearing after dry seasons (compare Job 6:15; Psalm 68:9). This forms a very suitable prayer, after the experience of such unlooked for mercies. 1874-1909. Psalm 110 for-instance would relate to the year 2010. John Trapp Complete Commentary. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". Israel is here praying that a similar refreshing may come to them. And while we are in this world there will be matter for prayer, even when we are most furnished with matter for praise. As the streams in the south - In the southern parts of Palestine, or in the regions bordering it on the south - Idumea and Arabia. Petition for complete restoration126:4. "Commentary on Psalms 126:4". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/psalms-126.html. "E.W. As arrows, &c. The offspring which God shall give his servants, that have been shaken and tossed about, (as the children of Israel were in their captivity) shall be like arrows in the hand of the mighty, which shall prosper and do great execution. In this manner, the psalmist prays that Israel’s fortunes will rapidly change from … Faith pleads the promises of Him who cannot lie (Genesis 8:22; Psalms 85:1-13.). The latter is probably the idea, that while a considerable part of the nation had been restored, and while an order had been issued for the restoration of all the captives to their native land, it was still true that a portion of them remained in exile; and the prayer is, that God would interfere in their behalf, and complete the work. Part 2: Psalm 128 Let’s suppose you wanted to build a house. "Commentary on Psalms 126:4". As the streams in the south - Probably the Nile is meant. ), In the East the rivers in the dry seasons are little more than fleeting streams, and sometimes they are entirely evaporated by the powerful action of the sun’s rays. Dr. Jerry Vines | 07-02-17 AM | Psalm 126 Bellevue Baptist Church, Memphis, TN bellevue.org (W. Psalms 126:2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. When the L ord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Psalms 126:4. psa 126:4. The Targum seems to understand it of the change made upon them, like that made on the earth by those; paraphrasing the words, "as the land is turned, when streams of water flow out in a time of drought.'. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-126.html. Turn again our captivity - This is either a recital of the prayer they had used before their deliverance; or it is a prayer for those who still remained in the provinces beyond the Euphrates. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. God has restored the fortunes of Zion. This may very well be considered as a petition; either for the coming of the Redeemer, and redemption by him from the captivity of sin and Satan, and the law; or for the conversion of the Jews in the latter day. "Commentary on Psalms 126:4". “Although it is a difficult matter,” he substantially says, “for the dispersed remnant to be again united into one body, yet God, if he please, can do this, just as he can cause rivers of water to flow through a parched desert.” He, at the same time, alludes to the road intervening between Judea and Babylon, as appears from the situation of the two countries. BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 126:4". Go to. It it possible, however, that they might have had in view some rapid rivers that either rose in the south, or had a southern direction; and they desired that their return might be as rapid and as abundant as the waters of those rivers. Thus prayed the pious psalmist:--“Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south”: that as the inhabitants of these sultry regions rejoice in the return of the reviving streams, so we, restored to our beloved country and temple, may rejoice in the long-expected deliverance. The return was by no means accomplished at once, but occupied a succession of years. The streams in the south.—Rather, the channels in the south. “Streams of the south”: The arid region south of Beersheba (called the Negev), which is utterly dry in the summer, but whose streams quickly fill and flood with the rains of spring. "Commentary on Psalms 126:4". And how ought redemption from the wrath to come, from the power of sin and of Satan, to be valued! But they sow in tears; they do the duty of an afflicted state. Psalm 126:6 That is, seed which was scarce and dear: meaning, that they which trusted in God’s promise to return, had their desire. As the streams in the south; as thou art eased sometimes to send floods of water into dry and barren grounds, such as the southern parts of Canaan and the parts adjacent were; which is an act of thy great power and goodness; and no less will this reduction of thy people be, and no less shall we rejoice in it, and bless God for it. Turn again our captivity; as thou hast brought us home, bring home also the rest of our brethren, who, are dispersed and yet remain captives in Babylon, or in any other parts oft he world. 4. Since several of the "Psalms of Ascent" reflect the Ezra/Nehemiah period (i.e., Cyrus' decree of 538 b.c. 1870. Or, suddenly. All other rights reserved. Psalm 126:4, KJV: "Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south." (Challoner) --- The patient sufferer will obtain a glorious recompense. 14:7; 53:6). Let the companies of returning emigrants be kept full, like swollen streams, until all shall have been brought back. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-126.html. The allusion is to the sudden filling of the dry torrent-beds of the southern district of Palestine in the rainy season. Let the companies of returning emigrants be kept full, like swollen streams, until all shall have been brought back. "People that were dreaming" means that people could not believe the good thing that God did for them! 1599-1645. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". And though this is expressed in the past tense, yet it may be put for the future; and be considered as a prophecy of it, and which the following word seems to confirm; and especially the prayer, ( Psalms 126:4) ; for the return of the captivity seems to require it should: and may not only literally respect the return of the captives in Babylon, but the conversion of the Jews in the latter day, and their deliverance from … And while we are in this world there will be matter for prayer, even when we are most furnished with matter for praise. KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT. The south is a dry country, where are few springs, but oft land floods, caused by the showers of heaven. All did not return at once; hence the prayer for repeated favors. The Biblical Illustrator. Isaiah 49:18 for the same feeling, but under a different figure.) https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/psalms-126.html. (Worthington) --- Children defend their parents. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. The streams in the south most probably refer to those subterraneous waters that empty themselves, and are seen no more. 126:4// Joel 3:18) and to harvest (Ps. Verse 2: When God does something good for his people, other people see it. "Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable". BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. Drought disappears before Thy breath; and the touch of Thy merciful feet clothes earth with beauty and plenty. Nehemiah 2:5-11. BibliographyClarke, Adam. As prayer found cause for praise, gratitude sees reason for renewed supplication. The streams in the south of Israel, the Negev, dry up in the parched summer months-but they become raging torrents during the rainy season. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/psalms-126.html. Commentary on Psalm 126:4-6 (Read Psalm 126:4-6) The beginnings of mercies encourage us to pray for the completion of them. It is probable also that many of them preferred their present ease and comfort to eternal salvation. Psalm 126:4, NLT: "Restore our fortunes, LORD, as streams renew the desert." Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. Jud. BibliographyTrapp, John. --- Of them, &c. Hebrew, "of youth." Jehovah’s gracious hand has so lifted them a degree higher on the footsteps of His throne, that they may be nearer His inclined ear with their petitions. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. “The Lord turned Himself to the turning of Zion.” God returns to His people when they return to Him (Deuteronomy 4:30-31; Deuteronomy 30:1-3; Deuteronomy 30:9-10; Nehemiah 1:9; Job 42:10; Psalms 145:18-19; Isaiah 10:21-22; Isaiah 55:7; Isaiah 59:20; Jeremiah 31:8-9; James 4:8). have “in the south wind,” evidently thinking of the melting of a frozen stream, instead of the filling of a dry river-bed. Those who sow in tears Shall reap in joy. "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". 1685. "Commentary on Psalms 126:4". The date of Joel cannot be determined with precision, but Myers a rguments for a date around the period of Haggai and Zechâ5ri2a0) h B .G.) ; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on Psalms 126:4". Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. Particularly verses 5 and 6. bring back our captivity. BibliographyExell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Psalms 126:4". BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. Supply the Ellipsis, "as the streams [are turned] in the Negeb". Psalms 126:4. Thus the words will not require any supplement, the meaning being simply this, that the bringing back of their captivity would be as if a river should run through a barren and and country. 1909-1922. (93) We know how grievous and painful a thing it is to travel in a hot country through and sands. We wish it were, but its not. This song likely was composed after the exile, in wondrous gratitude for God’s restoration, and in prayer for a furtherance of that work. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-126.html. It was nearly a hundred years from the return of the first caravan, under Zerubbabel, (Ezra 2:1-2,) till that under Nehemiah. "Commentary on Psalms 126:4". The allusion seems to be to Judea, lying south of Babylon; and to the southern parts of Judea, which were dry; see Joshua 15:19. Some were kept from returning by fear, and others by sloth and want of courage, on seeing such perils at hand as they apprehended they had not power to overcome, choosing rather to lie torpid in their own filthiness, than to undertake the hardship of the journey. (Calmet) --- Yet the Hebrew may well admit the sense of the Vulgate, as children will be more animated to revenge the wrongs of those, from whom they have received their life. They could become flooded with travelers moving back into the land that God wanted His chosen people to occupy. 1765. In other words, its not all, all, all the way up all the time. EXPOSITION Verse 1. The Targum seems to understand it of the change made upon them, like that made on the earth by those; paraphrasing the words, "as the land is turned, when streams of water flow out in a time of drought.''. But we know that the Nile proceeds from the south, divides itself into several streams as it passes through Egypt, and falls by seven mouths into the Mediterranean. (d) It is no more impossible for God to deliver his people than to cause the rivers to run in the wilderness and barren places. The word "again" is inserted by the translators, and conveys an idea which is not necessarily in the original. as the streams in the south; as great and wonderful a work as causing rivers to be in dry places, and as grateful and acceptable as brooks and streams of water in southern countries: or like streams produced by the south wind, which brings rain, and melts the snow from the hills; which, running into the valleys, cause flows of water in great abundance: and so may denote the abundance of those that should share in the blessings of conversion, redemption, and salvation; as well as the wonderfulness and acceptableness of them; see Isaiah 41:18. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. It is the seventh in the series of 15 songs for pilgrims coming to Jerusalem. You don’t know much about building, but you know that you need cement, lumber, nails, and plumbing and electrical materials. "Commentary on Psalms 126:4". 1859. streams = torrents. cap. Commentary for Psalms 126 . The Jews at this day pray for a speedy rebuilding of their temple. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-126.html. BibliographyConstable, Thomas. Psalm 126 – Amazed at God’s Work This psalm is titled A Song of Ascents. watercourses (Ps. The Christian Hymn entitled "There shall be Showers of Blessing"[12] is based upon these precious words. BibliographyBeza, Theodore. It is simply a prayer that God would “turn” their captivity; that is, looking upon the captivity as not wholly ended, or as, in some sense, still continuing, that it might please him wholly to turn it, or to end it. What does this verse really mean? "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/psalms-126.html. Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. "Commentary on Psalms 126:4". All the Jews, no doubt, had a door opened to them, and perfect liberty granted them, to come out of the land of their captivity, but the number of those who partook of this benefit was small when compared with the vast multitude of the people. Copyright StatementThese files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed. So you go to the building supply store and buy a bunch of those items and take them to your property. A praying and praising heart is ready for showers of blessing (Joel 2:21). 1905. This cannot mean, "Bring us back from Babylon again"! Revelation 18:2; Rev_18:20-21. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. The truth is expressed in a general form, as illustrating the idea that enterprises which are begun under many difficulties, and which require much labor, will be crowned with success, and that the joy is more than an equivalent for all the weariness and sorrow. The LXX. The Hebrew word נגב, negeb, here rendered, the south, signifies, says Dr. Hammond, “a dry and parched soil; and, by a figure, is very well used to signify the south, as the soil of the southern countries is very hot, dry, and burned up with the sun. Y. Aharoni writes of the streams in the Negev: “These usually dry wadis collect water on rainy days from vast areas. PSALM 126:4-6. They cry all together, Templum tuum brevi, valde cito, valde cito, in diebus nostris citissime nunc aedifica, Templum tuum brevi, that is, Build thy temple quickly, very quickly, in our days, &c. Should not we be as earnest for the mystical temple (Buxt. The Psalm divides itself into a narrative (Ps 126:1-2), a song (Ps 126:3), a prayer (Ps 126:4), and a promise (Ps 126:5-6). When these are dried up (Job 6:15-20), sadness is the prevailing aspect of the whole region (cf. With this in mind lets look at Psalm 120 which should correspond to the year 2020 and see if the wording of that Psalm has any relevance to what may be going on worldwide. Suffering saints are often in tears; they share the calamities of human life, and commonly have a greater share than others. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". DD. Follow the buttons in the right-hand column for detailed definitions and verses that use the same root words. BibliographyCoffman, James Burton. de Synag. And, certainly, to open up a way for the people who, so to speak, were swallowed up in a deep gulf, was as if a course had been opened up for irrigating waters to flow through a desert. So the poet prays that torrents of the returned may pour into the desolate and deserted country. Psalm 126:4, CSB: "Restore our fortunes, LORD, like watercourses in … Psalm 126:4, NASB: "Restore our captivity, O LORD, As the streams in the South." 13). Babylon no more retains her captives. And then it goes into verse 5 and 6. The rainy season comes, and the beds, forsaken of the ancient river, begin to receive their annual tribute from the fruitful clouds, and the mountain-torrent, rolling in its accustomed channel, causes the streams to return again, changing the sandy waste into the majestic river, raising the sewer’s hopes, replenishing this parched land with the long-desired verdure, and man and beast again rejoice in the earth’s abundance. The Psalm is a Psalm of joy. Therefore, the RSV would appear to be correct in reading the expression, "Restore our fortunes, O Lord." The south, is taken for the wilderness, because the region on the south of Judea was waste and almost uninhabitable. What Psalm 126 means. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/psalms-126.html. Psalm 120 is a relatively short Psalm with only seven verses. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/psalms-126.html. “The poet proceeds from the idea that the Holy Land yearns after an abundant, re-animating influx of population, as the Negeb thirsts for the rain-water streams.”— Delitzsch. Turn again our captivity, O Lord - literally, “Turn our captivity.” The word “again” is inserted by the translators, and conveys an idea which is not necessarily in the original. New York. 1983-1999. 4. 5. BibliographyBenson, Joseph. The Jews are here represented in the state of persecution. Renewed supplication 2: when God does something good for his people, other people see it have. Offered supplication involved in Ps companies of returning emigrants be kept full, swollen. 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