You are SOOOOO helpful!”. 126:1; a prayer for YHWH to do it again, Ps. This is the reason why the Prophet compares this deliverance to a dream. None could well believe that he had heard aright, and they looked on one another in wonder, like the empty show of a dream” (Livy, xxxiii. Favours already received are to be the ground of prayer and believing hope that God will crown His goodness by new acts of grace. We fear that it is; we apprehend that it will all vanish away like a dream. BibliographyCoke, Thomas. Never before, in the whole history of the human race, had there ever been anything like this; and, we might add, there's never been anything like it since then! Amen. Sermons will certainly come again with joy, carrying his sheaves.”. And that’s what gives teeth to the psalmist’s words: “Restore our fortunes again, Yahweh, In this latter sense, also, the Syriac and Targum agree, and the sense of the text evidently requires it. This is a glorious redemption. The whole was to be traced to God. It is the normal word used for "repentance" (see Special Topic: Repentance in the OT) from the basic meaning … In this psalm, the theological theme of restoration is knitted together with the theme of rejoicing. Restore Our Fortunes, O Lord A Song of m Ascents. What impiety, then, will it be, not to acknowledge the author of it.” Moreover, he does not mean that the faithful were so dull of understanding as not to perceive that they were delivered by the hand of God, but only that, judging according to carnal sense and reason, they were struck with astonishment; and he was apprehensive lest, in reasoning with themselves about that redemption, as about an ordinary thing, they should make less account of the power of God than it became them to do. Scripture quotations are from the World English Bible (WEB), a public domain (no copyright) modern English translation of the Holy Bible. They were on their way down, safe and sound. This does not refer to a captivity or captives, but to a restoration to blessing. Barnes's Psalms 126:1 Bible Commentary When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion - Margin, as in Hebrew, "returned the returning of Zion." O that God may raise up some other deliverer to save these same cities with their inhabitants, from a worse yoke than ever was imposed upon them by the king of Macedon; and from a servitude which has now lasted three hundred years longer than the captivity of the Israelites in the empire of Babylon! Arab. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". Bernard). A sinner turns from his selfish, wicked ways and confesses Jesus Christ as the Lord of his life, and everyone around him feels the effect. Amen! Every day she’d sit at her kitchen table and pray for the Lord to provide for her needs. Title. Psalm 126 expresses the themes of redemption and joy and gratitude to God. We were the talk of the nations— “GOD was wonderful to them!” GOD was wonderful to us; we are one happy people. When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion, We were like those who dream." A user-friendly resource for busy pastors! The Hebrew [ shiybaah (Hebrew #7870)] occurs only here. 1. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/psalms-126.html. BibliographyBarnes, Albert. There is nothing in the psalm that can be applied exclusively to the return of Israel from the captivity; but, at the same time, there is nothing to exclude that example of God's restoring the fortunes of Israel. (Worthington) --- The chiefs of the captives might also appropriate it to their use, (Berthier) when they were rebuilding the temple, 2 Esdras iv., and vi. But the return of the Jewish people from the Babylonish captivity, having been a miracle of such splendor as was sufficient to swallow up and confound all the thoughts of men, it compels us to own that it was a signal work of God. BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". 126 When Jehovah gathered back the captives of Zion, + We thought we were dreaming. (Jeremiah 25:12, and Jeremiah 29:10.) After hoping and praying to be released for seventy long years, the people of Israel got to go home. Whether they’re willing to admit it or not, your faithfulness has a positive effect on others: “Restore our fortunes again, Yahweh, When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion — Brought the captive Israelites out of Babylon into their own land; we were like them that dream — We were so surprised and astonished at the report of such a favour, and especially when the proclamation went forth, to give us liberty to return to our own country, after so long a captivity, we could scarcely believe our own eyes or ears, but were ready to think it to be but a dream, or illusion of our own fancies. 1909-1922. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed for sowing, Acts 12:9; Luke 24:11). As often as God works by ordinary means, men, through the malignity of their natures, usually exercise their ingenuity in devising various causes of the deliverance wrought, in order to darken the grace of God. The psalm begins. The Wisdom of Righteousness (126:5-6). "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". “O for a thousand tongues to sing Cyrus himself led the way in proclaiming, not himself, but God as the author of Israel's return to Jerusalem. See Acts 12:9. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. The product is one of the grandest, most eloquent lyrical prayers in the Psalter. He has set you free. Psalms 126:1. Allen believed that, "The turning point to which the people looked back in this psalm was probably the reestablishment of the worship of the religious community in Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile. Would you sing, “O, for a tongue to sing …?” Ten tongues? By comparing the Keri (Hebrew marginal readings) in various places, it also appears that the terms are interchangeable, or that the latter is to be preferred, as in our common English text. "When Jehovah brought back those that returned to Zion, Jehovah hath done great things for them.". KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT. BibliographyTorrey, R. A. To the naked eye, it’s a God-forsaken place. 1917. The Hebrew word which is rendered in the text captivity means properly return; and then, those returning. The glories of my God and King, 1 When the L ORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. in Vit. Next time something nice happens to you – say, you get a windfall or receive an unexpected blessing – instead of saying, “Today’s my lucky day,” simply whisper this little prayer: “Thank you, Lord.”. 1859. turned. Title. 1999. The community, not merely the individual fearer of God, as in Psalms 127:1-5, is referred to (cf. The old and infirmed were left to die. Hymn Lists. Psalm 126 refers to Tzion (ציון), one of the Bible’s names for Yerushalayim, which is also used in a more general sense for the entire Land of Israel.This name is closely related to the word for ‘special’ and ‘distinctive,’ m’tzuyan (מצוין).This teaches that God’s holy city is more than a location. (1) When the Lord . We wish it were, but its not. Copyright 2007, Philip McLarty. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". “So far,” he materially says, “is any mind from comprehending this unparalleled benefit of God, that the bare thinking upon it transports us with amazement, as if it were a dream, and not an event which had already taken place. An illustration has been aptly produced in Livy’s description of the feelings of the Greeks when they heard at the Isthmian games (B.C. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/psalms-126.html. And our whole nature was in worse than Babylonish bondage, when God sent his Son to deliver us from darkness, and to bring us into his marvellous light; to bring us out of the prison house, and make us free. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-126.html. You can judge for yourself, but I think it’s true – the worse the circumstances, the more dramatic the response when the situation is reversed. This year, instead of following one of the gospels, we’re letting the Psalms show us the way from Galilee to Jerusalem. That those who sow in sadness I don’t know this for a fact, but I think you’ll find that elation is proportionate to despair. We were delirious with delight. --- It. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. His blood can make the foulest clean, Scarcely could any person believe what he had heard. Joseph Benson's Commentary. Every Sunday, as people drive by the church and see your cars in the parking lot, as people read the sign outdoors and know what we’re doing, as they sense your enthusiasm for the church, they know the Lord is at work among us. The church, celebrating her incredible return out of captivity, prayeth for, and prophesieth the good success thereof. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/psalms-126.html. Wesley is so thankful only a thousand will do: “O, for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise …”. BibliographyGill, John. 2 At that time our mouth was filled with laughter And our tongue with a joyful shout. Amen! Psalm 126:1-6 The Greatest Future Is Yet to Come “Bringing in the Sheaves,” a hymn in the Baptist Hymnal was written by Knowles Shaw , is based on the last verse of Psalm 126. “Then they said among the nations, 1. Epist. 1599-1645. The theme of restoration that began with Psalm 80 in Advent 1, and Psalm 85 in Advent 2, is continued this week in Psalm 126. The only other occurence of shiba in biblical Hebrew is in 2 Samuel 19:33. We were like them that dream] Tanta fuit liberationis admirabilitas, so admirable was the deliverance, that we could hardly believe it; as fearing the certainty, and yet hoping the truth. If you’ve been away for a while, we’re nearing the end of our Lenten journey. The phrase is not precisely the same as that in Psalms 126:4, which is usual, and offers no difficulty. BibliographyCoffman, James Burton. John Trapp Complete Commentary. And when any, and every poor sinner is thus brought out, so great, so unexpected, so unlooked for, and so, marvellous doth the whole seem to him, that it appears too great, and too good to be real, so that it seems but as a dream, or a vision of the night. Psalms 126:1 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Without God's assistance, all your endeavours to rebuild the temple and city will prove fruitless. Tension mounted by the moment as the world watched and waited. When the Lord, &c.— That is, "When the proclamation came forth to give us liberty to return to our own country, after a long captivity, (see Ezra 1:2-3.) The effect that this produced on the astonished Grecians who were present, is related by this able historian in a very natural and affecting manner; and some parts of it nearly in the words of the psalmist. Cyrus may have issued the decree, but, as far as the people of Israel were concerned, it was God who gave the word. 126:4 126:1 "brought back" This verbal (BDB 996, KB 1427, Qal infinitive construct) has a wide semantic field. The background is the Babylonian Captivity. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain. and our tongue with singing” (Psalm 126:1-2). We were like them that dream - we could scarcely believe our eyes that our deliverance was a reality. It’s like a dream, too good to be true. The occasion for the psalm is likewise impossible to identify with any certainty. 1865-1868. So the English version. For such a worm as I?”. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream." Here the form of the noun “turning” presents some difficulty; but, after the analogy of a few other words, it can bear the concrete meaning “returned:” when Jehovah brought back the returned of Zion. 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. What seemed to be a hopeless situation proved to be nothing short of a miracle. It is more than likely that this Psalm hath a reference to some great event in the Church's history: and hence it hath been generally supposed to refer to the return of the people from Babylon. When you find Psalm 126, please stand for the reading of God’s Word: A Song of degrees. The root ch-l-m can mean to dream, or to be healthy or strong (Job 39:4; Isaiah 38:16, where the hiphil is used). (Calmet) --- But still depended more on Providence than on his own industry. The psalmist says it was like a dream, too good to be true. (Berthier) --- Some suppose that David put the psalm into his hands, to teach him that all depends on God. He’s led them back to the Promised Land. Abiding is not enough, fruitfulness is added. The Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Arabic, and Ethiopic versions, render it, "as those that are comforted"; and the Syriac version, "as those that rejoice"; each of the seasons mentioned being times of comfort and joy: Joseph Kimchi interprets it of the passing away and forgetfulness of affliction and trouble at the time of redemption, like a dream that flies away upon awaking. GET YOUR FOUR FREE SAMPLES! "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". Silence being obtained, he solemnly pronounced the following words: -. 2 Then our u mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; "[1] That rendition is, "When the Lord turned the captivity of Sion, we became as comforted ones. Psalm 126:1; Psalm 126:2–6. (Muis) --- He was to undertake various important works during his reign, (Haydock) particularly the temple, at the dedication of which this might be sung. (Calmet) --- It seems to refer to the times of the Messias. “Yahweh has done great things for them.”. Psalms 128:1-6.-The fear of God brings blessedness. Not only are they on the .way back home, but the all-powerful Medo-Persian monarch Cyrus is financing their return, sponsoring and encouraging it in every way possible. 21., and Genesis xxx. Psalm 126 is known in scholarship as a “Song of Ascent” (shir ha-ma’alot in Hebrew) – chanted by happy pilgrims on their way up to the mountain-city of Jerusalem. A deserving family is chosen to receive a Habitat for Humanity house, and all the neighbors say it was a blessing from God. Then the news we’d all hoped for came over the wire – they’d been reached. 1685. We see here not only that Zion abides, but that her joy returns after sorrow. Faith anticipates that the work of rebuilding the temple, now carried on with tears because of the Samaritan foe (Ezra 3:1-13; Ezra 4:1-24; Ezra 5:1-17; Ezra 6:1-22), will be completed with joy (Psalms 126:4-6); cf. Vix satis se credere se quisque audisse: alii alios intueri mirabundi velut somnii vanam speciem: guod ad guemque pertineret, suarum aurium fidei minimum credentes, proximos interrogabant. “Unbelievable!” “Out of sight!” “Pinch me, I must be dreaming.” It was that kind of moment in history. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". Compare Isaiah 29:7-8, the same image in a different application. Long story, short, under the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonians sacked Jerusalem and took the brightest and best of the Jewish population to Babylon. By his grace, he’s restored their good fortune. Never doubt the influence you have, both individually and as a church, on the life of others. But this is mere conjecture. When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion - i:e., When He restored her to prosperity. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". Complicated as the tenses might be, Psalm 126 is another National Lament, a huge corporate prayer of the people asking for dreaming, for a revelation of God’s good future. 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. It was of a prison cell. 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. 16.) 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, Psalm 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 their present captivity; which is expressed sometimes by the Lord's bringing again Zion, and returning the captivity of the Jews, and their being turned to the Lord, Isaiah 52:8; and may be applied to spiritual and eternal redemption by Christ, of which the deliverance from Babylon was a type; and is sometimes expressed in the same language, Psalm 14:7; and the people redeemed are often signified by Zion, and are by nature captives to sin, Satan, and the law; from whence they are redeemed by Christ, whose work alone it is, Isaiah 1:27; we were like them that dream; or "shall be"F16היינו "erimus", Musculus, Gejerus, Schmidt; so the Targum, Syr. 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