Psalm 129

For centuries, wicked people had afflicted Israel. But they did not prevail. Those haters should go away and they should not be blessed.




A Song of Ascents.

NOTE: The term “A Song of Ascents” identifies psalms 120 to 134 as pilgrim songs to be sung when the Israelites “ascended” (went up) to Jerusalem for the annual feasts.


VERSE 1. Many times they have afflicted me from my youth up. Let Israel now say,

they have afflicted me. That is, “they have afflicted Israel.”


VERSE 2. many times they have afflicted me from my youth up, yet they have not prevailed against me.


VERSE 3. The plowers plowed on my back. They made their furrows long.

plowed on my back. We see this as a prophecy about Jesus Christ.

made their furrows long. This is a description of extreme suffering.

Isaiah 53:5. But he was pierced for our transgressions. He was crushed for our iniquities. The punishment that brought our peace was on him; and by his wounds we are healed.


VERSE 4. The LORD is righteous. He has cut apart the cords of the wicked.


VERSE 5. Let them be disappointed and turned backward, all those who hate Zion.

those who hate Zion. We are to love Jerusalem, to pray for what is good for Jerusalem, to weep with her when she weeps, and to celebrate with her when she celebrates.


VERSE 6. Let them be as the grass on the housetops, which withers before it grows up;


VERSE 7. with which the reaper doesn’t fill his hand, nor he who binds sheaves, his bosom.


VERSE 8. Neither do those who go by say, “The blessing of the LORD be on you. We bless you in the LORD’s name.”


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