. This Psalm was composed by Ezra, or some other man of God, at the return of Israel from Babylon. May reap their sheaves with gladness, He was set up from everlasting. 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. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/psalms-126.html. 1840-57. Would he devote that sacred head A deserving family is chosen to receive a Habitat for Humanity house, and all the neighbors say it was a blessing from God. It is obvious here that the ASV, which we are following, renders these opening lines as a reference to the return of the Babylonian exiles; and, as we noted above, there is nothing in the psalm that denies this possibility. The weather was worsening. 1870. BibliographyBenson, Joseph. "[1] That rendition is, "When the Lord turned the captivity of Sion, we became as comforted ones. Commentary on Psalm 126:1-3. KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT. Well, that’s the image the psalmist leaves us with: By his great mercy, God has set the captives free. We were like them that dream - The Latin Vulgate and the Septuagint render this, “we were comforted.” The meaning is, “It seemed like a dream; we could hardly realize that it was so; it was so marvelous, so good, so full of joy, that we could scarcely believe it was real.” This state of mind is not uncommon, when, in sudden and overpowering joy, we ask whether it can be real; whether it is not all a dream. The psalm goes on to say. This is the seventh Step, and we may therefore expect to meet with some special perfection of joy in it; nor shall we look in vain. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/psalms-126.html. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then... Psalm 126 A Harvest of Joy - A Song of Ascents. EXPOSITION: 1. "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". “He breaks the power of canceled sin, Psalm 126:1-3 King James Version (KJV) 126 When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. No wonder they laughed and sang for joy. BibliographyCalvin, John. A user-friendly resource for busy pastors! 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. The pilgrims went from blessing to blessing in their psalmody as they proceeded on their holy way. 1. It ended in 537 B.C., when Cyrus the Great let the people go back to Judea. After which, the Mohammedan troops were driven out of Greece and the Morea; so that the whole of Greece is cleared of its oppressors, and is now under its own government, protected by the above powers - March, 1829. Charles Wesley got it right when he penned the words. 1 When the L ORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. We laughed, we sang, we couldn’t believe our good fortune. We fear that it is; we apprehend that it will all vanish away like a dream. In this passage, the turning of Job's "captivity," simply meant the restoration of his good fortunes and not his release from imprisonment or captivity. 5:1). When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion, We were like those who dream. BibliographyCoke, Thomas. Psalms 126:1 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Psalms 125:1-5, introduction. Check out these helpful resources BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". (Presbyterian Hymnal, p. 237). He had been released. This deliverance of the captives, though it was by Cyrus as an instrument, yet it was the Lord's work; which he employed him in, and stirred him up to do, and therefore is ascribed to him. We were like them that dream - The news was so unexpected that we doubted for a time the truth of it. See Acts 12:9. 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. The whole was to be traced to God. --- God must be the principal agent, (Worthington) and all the glory must be given to Him. "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". 126: 1-6. 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. “Them that dream”: The actual experience of liberation, so unexpected, seemed more like a dream than reality. We were the talk of the nations— “GOD was wonderful to them!” GOD was wonderful to us; we are one happy people. Constantinople was taken by the Turks in 1453; and since that time till the present, (October, 1822), three hundred and sixty-nine years have elapsed. 1983-1999. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream." You can imagine the celebration when he did. There are psalms of praise, thanksgiving, lament and trust. 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. "The Roman Senate, and T. Quintius the general, having vanquished king Philip and the Macedonians, do ordain that the Corinthians, Phocensians, all the Locrensians, the island of EubOea, the Magnesians, Thessalians, Perrhaebians, Acheans, and Phthiotians, shall be free, be delivered from all taxes, and live according to their own laws.". Theirs is, once more, a land flowing with milk and honey. Compare Job 42:10; Psalms 14:7; Hosea 6:11. We were delirious with delight. We have seen how these Psalms operate in groups of three a psalm of trouble, followed by a psalm of trust, followed by a psalm of triumph. Broad smiles and laughter told the story. It’s like a dream, too good to be true. This year, instead of following one of the gospels, we’re letting the Psalms show us the way from Galilee to Jerusalem. Title. From Babylon; and therefore that which some translations have in the title, A psalm of David (which is not in the Hebrew) would be left out; for it seemeth to have been penned by Ezra, or some prophet of his time. (Jeremiah 25:12, and Jeremiah 29:10.) "When Jehovah brought back those that returned to Zion, Jehovah hath done great things for them.". 1865-1868. Every day she’d sit at her kitchen table and pray for the Lord to provide for her needs. See Job 42:10 and Ezekiel 16:53 and Ezekiel 16:56, where it is three times explained as "return to your former estate". Children’s Sermons which sense the word has in Job 39:4; and will be the case of the Jews, when they are converted; who will be recovered out of the sick state and condition in which they now are, and have all their diseases healed, and sins forgiven; yea, their conversion will be as life from the dead, a resurrection of them from their graves, Romans 11:15. The people felt as if they were in a dream.. and Psalm 126 gives a peep into the hearts of Jewish men and women who along with their parents and grandparents had … Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. will certainly come again with joy, carrying his sheaves.”. How signally has this prayer been thus far answered! Hengstenberg translates, 'When the Lord turned to the returning of Zion' - i:e., turned in mercy to them when they returned in penitence to Him (Deuteronomy 30:2-3; Deuteronomy 30:9-10; Deuteronomy 4:30; Isaiah 10:21-22; Isaiah 59:20; Nehemiah 1:8-9). Individually, the Psalms can be the source of great inspiration: “Yahweh is my shepherd; I shall lack nothing….” Collectively, they bear witness to God’s faithfulness in watching over the people of Israel through the trials and tribulations of life. Psalm 126.5-6 . "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". 2 Then our u mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". Psalms 128:1-6.-The fear of God brings blessedness. "[3] There are also a number of other scholarly "guesses"; but none of them carries any particular authority. Because of the past, they can certainly imagine a stunningly glorious future, where the sad can’t stop laughing, where tears are dried and replaced with shouts of joy. Copyright StatementThese files are considered public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available in the Online Bible Software Library. Psalms 126:3 The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 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 Hebrew [ shiybaah (Hebrew #7870)] occurs only here. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion - i:e., When He restored her to prosperity. 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. The occasion for the psalm is likewise impossible to identify with any certainty. The chances of rescue looked slim. This must indeed have been an understatement. cap. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, The Turkish fleet has been attacked in the Bay of Navarino by the combined fleets of the above powers in October, 1827, under the command of the British Admiral, Sir Edward Codrington, and totally annihilated. 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. and our tongue with singing.”, A SUBSCRIBER SAYS: “Thanks. BibliographyCoffman, James Burton. "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". 126:1 When Hashem restores the fortunes of Tzion. Scarcely could any person believe what he had heard. When we were living in Odessa, folks used to say that anything would grow out there if you watered it enough. 16.) + At that time they said among the nations: “Jehovah has done great things for them.” + 3 Jehovah has done great things for us, + And we are overjoyed. It is unnatural and forced to suppose, with some expositors, that this is a prediction of what was to come. We must labour, and still expect success from God alone. Turned again the captivity of Zion, i.e. We were like them that dream - we could scarcely believe our eyes that our deliverance was a reality. Delitzsch declared that, "Any other rendering than that of the LXX in these opening lines is impossible. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/srn/psalms-126.html. 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. Biblical Commentary Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 126 EXEGESIS: CONTEXT: This psalm is composed of two sections: Verses 1-3 speak of a wondrous, joyful time "when Yahweh brought back those who returned to Zion." BibliographyClarke, Adam. Psalm 126:1, … The background is the Babylonian Captivity. The caption read: “Christ has made us free.” (Gal. 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. like the streams in the Negev. Senatus romanus et t. Quincius imperator, philippo rege macedonibusque devictis; liberos, immunes, suis legibus esse jubet corinthios, phocenses, locrensesque omnes, et insulam euboeam, et magnetas, thessalos, perrhaebos, achaeos, phthiotas. By his grace, he’s restored their good fortune. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/psalms-126.html. The reference is to the waking in 2 Kings 19:35. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, When the Lord turned again the captivity -, When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion -, WHEN THE LORD RESTORED THE FORTUNES OF ZION, "Then said they ... Jehovah hath done great things for them", John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. Mr. Mudge conjectures from the 4th verse, that it was written just at the juncture of the restoration, before it was fully completed. “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. vi. Revocatur praeco, cum unusquisque non audire, sed videre libertatis suae nuncium averit, iterum pronunciaret eadem. The inmate was sitting on his bunk with his head in his hands, as if lamenting his crime. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". 126.1, and whethCT the expression has to be rendered “restored the fortunes of Zion” on the basis of the comparison with the Aramaic. 2. "People that were dreaming" means that people could not believe the good thing that God did for them! The Hebrew word which is rendered in the text captivity means properly return; and then, those returning. Verse 1: This verse fits the Sennacherib story better than the Cyrus story. 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. Now, whoever was the author of it, (88) whether one of the Levites or one of the Prophets, he affirms that the manner of their deliverance was too wonderful to be attributed to fortune, in order to lead the faithful to the conclusion that the prophecy of Jeremiah, which had assigned seventy years as the term of the captivity, was truly fulfilled. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-126.html. His blood can make the foulest clean, 1599-1645. Scripture quotations are from the World English Bible (WEB), a public domain (no copyright) modern English translation of the Holy Bible. 126 When the L ord s restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who t dream. And how ought redemption from the wrath to come, from the power of sin and of Satan, to be valued! 21., and Genesis xxx. Isaiah 37:36. It is impossible, of course, to determine the exact date of this psalm. The more you know your absolute dependence on God’s forgiveness and grace, the more you can appreciate the gift of salvation bought for you through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the common Hebrew text, When the Lord returned home the returning ones, or, the restoration, deriving שׁיבת, (sheebath,) rendered “captivity,” from שׁוב, (shobh,) to return. Nothing but the over-ruling power of God could have prompted him to such an act; and nothing but God's over-ruling power could have brought them out. Amen. 1.When Jehovah brought back the captivity of Zion, etc. If you’ve been away for a while, we’re nearing the end of our Lenten journey. 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. And every poor sinner, redeemed by Christ, may well take up the same language. See Isaiah 45:1-3, compared with Daniel 5:6-30. 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. Wesley is so thankful only a thousand will do: “O, for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise …”. John Trapp Complete Commentary. BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. 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. (Muis) --- He was to undertake various important works during his reign, (Haydock) particularly the temple, at the dedication of which this might be sung. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. Amen! 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. “Then they said among the nations, Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. Those who sow in tears will reap in joy. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/psalms-126.html. For when Cyrus (as we read in the book of Ezra) gave commandment for the Jews to return to Jerusalem, and to rebuild the temple, it might well excite the astonishment of all that heard it. When the Romans had sat down to behold the games, the herald with his trumpet went into the arena according to custom, to proclaim the several games. When the Lord turned again the captivity - When Cyrus published his decree in favor of the Jews, giving them liberty to return to their own land, and rebuild their city and temple. BibliographyGill, John. Psalms 126:1. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/psalms-126.html. Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. Psalms 126:1-6.-Thanksgiving for the deliverance out of Babylon already vouchsafed to Zion, to her joy, so that the pagan spoke of the great things which the Lord had done for her (Psalms 126:1-3); Lord complete the deliverance by not letting the work be interrupted. Make no mistake about it, when God acts, people notice, even people of little or no faith. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". The old and infirmed were left to die. Nehemias had ordered the citizens to watch the attempts of Sanaballat. and our tongue with singing” (Psalm 126:1-2). 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. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". Like them that dream—The announcement of freedom seemed too joyful to be real. 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. Spiritual Meaning Of Dream About Prison/Jail (Prov 26:27) Psalm 126: 1 – 4: “When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Psalms 126:1. Psalms 128:5-6; Lamentations 3:1). 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.”. “When Yahweh brought back those who returned to Zion, Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. All other rights reserved. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-126.html. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Psa. 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This Psalm was composed by Ezra, or some other man of God, at the return of Israel from Babylon. May reap their sheaves with gladness, He was set up from everlasting. 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. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/psalms-126.html. 1840-57. Would he devote that sacred head A deserving family is chosen to receive a Habitat for Humanity house, and all the neighbors say it was a blessing from God. It is obvious here that the ASV, which we are following, renders these opening lines as a reference to the return of the Babylonian exiles; and, as we noted above, there is nothing in the psalm that denies this possibility. The weather was worsening. 1870. BibliographyBenson, Joseph. "[1] That rendition is, "When the Lord turned the captivity of Sion, we became as comforted ones. Commentary on Psalm 126:1-3. KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT. Well, that’s the image the psalmist leaves us with: By his great mercy, God has set the captives free. We were like them that dream - The Latin Vulgate and the Septuagint render this, “we were comforted.” The meaning is, “It seemed like a dream; we could hardly realize that it was so; it was so marvelous, so good, so full of joy, that we could scarcely believe it was real.” This state of mind is not uncommon, when, in sudden and overpowering joy, we ask whether it can be real; whether it is not all a dream. The psalm goes on to say. This is the seventh Step, and we may therefore expect to meet with some special perfection of joy in it; nor shall we look in vain. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/psalms-126.html. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then... Psalm 126 A Harvest of Joy - A Song of Ascents. EXPOSITION: 1. "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". “He breaks the power of canceled sin, Psalm 126:1-3 King James Version (KJV) 126 When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. No wonder they laughed and sang for joy. BibliographyCalvin, John. A user-friendly resource for busy pastors! 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. The pilgrims went from blessing to blessing in their psalmody as they proceeded on their holy way. 1. It ended in 537 B.C., when Cyrus the Great let the people go back to Judea. After which, the Mohammedan troops were driven out of Greece and the Morea; so that the whole of Greece is cleared of its oppressors, and is now under its own government, protected by the above powers - March, 1829. Charles Wesley got it right when he penned the words. 1 When the L ORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. We laughed, we sang, we couldn’t believe our good fortune. We fear that it is; we apprehend that it will all vanish away like a dream. In this passage, the turning of Job's "captivity," simply meant the restoration of his good fortunes and not his release from imprisonment or captivity. 5:1). When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion, We were like those who dream. BibliographyCoke, Thomas. Psalms 126:1 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Psalms 125:1-5, introduction. Check out these helpful resources BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". (Presbyterian Hymnal, p. 237). He had been released. This deliverance of the captives, though it was by Cyrus as an instrument, yet it was the Lord's work; which he employed him in, and stirred him up to do, and therefore is ascribed to him. We were like them that dream - The news was so unexpected that we doubted for a time the truth of it. See Acts 12:9. 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. The whole was to be traced to God. --- God must be the principal agent, (Worthington) and all the glory must be given to Him. "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". 126: 1-6. 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. “Them that dream”: The actual experience of liberation, so unexpected, seemed more like a dream than reality. We were the talk of the nations— “GOD was wonderful to them!” GOD was wonderful to us; we are one happy people. Constantinople was taken by the Turks in 1453; and since that time till the present, (October, 1822), three hundred and sixty-nine years have elapsed. 1983-1999. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream." You can imagine the celebration when he did. There are psalms of praise, thanksgiving, lament and trust. 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. "The Roman Senate, and T. Quintius the general, having vanquished king Philip and the Macedonians, do ordain that the Corinthians, Phocensians, all the Locrensians, the island of EubOea, the Magnesians, Thessalians, Perrhaebians, Acheans, and Phthiotians, shall be free, be delivered from all taxes, and live according to their own laws.". Theirs is, once more, a land flowing with milk and honey. Compare Job 42:10; Psalms 14:7; Hosea 6:11. We were delirious with delight. We have seen how these Psalms operate in groups of three a psalm of trouble, followed by a psalm of trust, followed by a psalm of triumph. Broad smiles and laughter told the story. It’s like a dream, too good to be true. This year, instead of following one of the gospels, we’re letting the Psalms show us the way from Galilee to Jerusalem. Title. From Babylon; and therefore that which some translations have in the title, A psalm of David (which is not in the Hebrew) would be left out; for it seemeth to have been penned by Ezra, or some prophet of his time. (Jeremiah 25:12, and Jeremiah 29:10.) "When Jehovah brought back those that returned to Zion, Jehovah hath done great things for them.". 1865-1868. Every day she’d sit at her kitchen table and pray for the Lord to provide for her needs. See Job 42:10 and Ezekiel 16:53 and Ezekiel 16:56, where it is three times explained as "return to your former estate". Children’s Sermons which sense the word has in Job 39:4; and will be the case of the Jews, when they are converted; who will be recovered out of the sick state and condition in which they now are, and have all their diseases healed, and sins forgiven; yea, their conversion will be as life from the dead, a resurrection of them from their graves, Romans 11:15. The people felt as if they were in a dream.. and Psalm 126 gives a peep into the hearts of Jewish men and women who along with their parents and grandparents had … Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. will certainly come again with joy, carrying his sheaves.”. How signally has this prayer been thus far answered! Hengstenberg translates, 'When the Lord turned to the returning of Zion' - i:e., turned in mercy to them when they returned in penitence to Him (Deuteronomy 30:2-3; Deuteronomy 30:9-10; Deuteronomy 4:30; Isaiah 10:21-22; Isaiah 59:20; Nehemiah 1:8-9). Individually, the Psalms can be the source of great inspiration: “Yahweh is my shepherd; I shall lack nothing….” Collectively, they bear witness to God’s faithfulness in watching over the people of Israel through the trials and tribulations of life. Psalm 126.5-6 . "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". 2 Then our u mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". Psalms 128:1-6.-The fear of God brings blessedness. "[3] There are also a number of other scholarly "guesses"; but none of them carries any particular authority. Because of the past, they can certainly imagine a stunningly glorious future, where the sad can’t stop laughing, where tears are dried and replaced with shouts of joy. Copyright StatementThese files are considered public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available in the Online Bible Software Library. Psalms 126:3 The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 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 Hebrew [ shiybaah (Hebrew #7870)] occurs only here. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion - i:e., When He restored her to prosperity. 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. The occasion for the psalm is likewise impossible to identify with any certainty. The chances of rescue looked slim. This must indeed have been an understatement. cap. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, The Turkish fleet has been attacked in the Bay of Navarino by the combined fleets of the above powers in October, 1827, under the command of the British Admiral, Sir Edward Codrington, and totally annihilated. 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. and our tongue with singing.”, A SUBSCRIBER SAYS: “Thanks. BibliographyCoffman, James Burton. "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". 126:1 When Hashem restores the fortunes of Tzion. Scarcely could any person believe what he had heard. When we were living in Odessa, folks used to say that anything would grow out there if you watered it enough. 16.) + At that time they said among the nations: “Jehovah has done great things for them.” + 3 Jehovah has done great things for us, + And we are overjoyed. It is unnatural and forced to suppose, with some expositors, that this is a prediction of what was to come. We must labour, and still expect success from God alone. Turned again the captivity of Zion, i.e. We were like them that dream - we could scarcely believe our eyes that our deliverance was a reality. Delitzsch declared that, "Any other rendering than that of the LXX in these opening lines is impossible. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/srn/psalms-126.html. 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. Biblical Commentary Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 126 EXEGESIS: CONTEXT: This psalm is composed of two sections: Verses 1-3 speak of a wondrous, joyful time "when Yahweh brought back those who returned to Zion." BibliographyClarke, Adam. Psalm 126:1, … The background is the Babylonian Captivity. The caption read: “Christ has made us free.” (Gal. 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. like the streams in the Negev. Senatus romanus et t. Quincius imperator, philippo rege macedonibusque devictis; liberos, immunes, suis legibus esse jubet corinthios, phocenses, locrensesque omnes, et insulam euboeam, et magnetas, thessalos, perrhaebos, achaeos, phthiotas. By his grace, he’s restored their good fortune. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/psalms-126.html. The reference is to the waking in 2 Kings 19:35. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, When the Lord turned again the captivity -, When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion -, WHEN THE LORD RESTORED THE FORTUNES OF ZION, "Then said they ... Jehovah hath done great things for them", John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. Mr. Mudge conjectures from the 4th verse, that it was written just at the juncture of the restoration, before it was fully completed. “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. vi. Revocatur praeco, cum unusquisque non audire, sed videre libertatis suae nuncium averit, iterum pronunciaret eadem. The inmate was sitting on his bunk with his head in his hands, as if lamenting his crime. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". 126.1, and whethCT the expression has to be rendered “restored the fortunes of Zion” on the basis of the comparison with the Aramaic. 2. "People that were dreaming" means that people could not believe the good thing that God did for them! The Hebrew word which is rendered in the text captivity means properly return; and then, those returning. Verse 1: This verse fits the Sennacherib story better than the Cyrus story. 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. Now, whoever was the author of it, (88) whether one of the Levites or one of the Prophets, he affirms that the manner of their deliverance was too wonderful to be attributed to fortune, in order to lead the faithful to the conclusion that the prophecy of Jeremiah, which had assigned seventy years as the term of the captivity, was truly fulfilled. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-126.html. His blood can make the foulest clean, 1599-1645. Scripture quotations are from the World English Bible (WEB), a public domain (no copyright) modern English translation of the Holy Bible. 126 When the L ord s restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who t dream. And how ought redemption from the wrath to come, from the power of sin and of Satan, to be valued! 21., and Genesis xxx. Isaiah 37:36. It is impossible, of course, to determine the exact date of this psalm. The more you know your absolute dependence on God’s forgiveness and grace, the more you can appreciate the gift of salvation bought for you through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the common Hebrew text, When the Lord returned home the returning ones, or, the restoration, deriving שׁיבת, (sheebath,) rendered “captivity,” from שׁוב, (shobh,) to return. Nothing but the over-ruling power of God could have prompted him to such an act; and nothing but God's over-ruling power could have brought them out. Amen. 1.When Jehovah brought back the captivity of Zion, etc. If you’ve been away for a while, we’re nearing the end of our Lenten journey. 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. And every poor sinner, redeemed by Christ, may well take up the same language. See Isaiah 45:1-3, compared with Daniel 5:6-30. 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. Wesley is so thankful only a thousand will do: “O, for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise …”. John Trapp Complete Commentary. BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. 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. (Muis) --- He was to undertake various important works during his reign, (Haydock) particularly the temple, at the dedication of which this might be sung. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. Amen! 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. “Then they said among the nations, Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. Those who sow in tears will reap in joy. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/psalms-126.html. For when Cyrus (as we read in the book of Ezra) gave commandment for the Jews to return to Jerusalem, and to rebuild the temple, it might well excite the astonishment of all that heard it. When the Romans had sat down to behold the games, the herald with his trumpet went into the arena according to custom, to proclaim the several games. When the Lord turned again the captivity - When Cyrus published his decree in favor of the Jews, giving them liberty to return to their own land, and rebuild their city and temple. BibliographyGill, John. Psalms 126:1. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/psalms-126.html. Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. Psalms 126:1-6.-Thanksgiving for the deliverance out of Babylon already vouchsafed to Zion, to her joy, so that the pagan spoke of the great things which the Lord had done for her (Psalms 126:1-3); Lord complete the deliverance by not letting the work be interrupted. Make no mistake about it, when God acts, people notice, even people of little or no faith. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". The old and infirmed were left to die. Nehemias had ordered the citizens to watch the attempts of Sanaballat. and our tongue with singing” (Psalm 126:1-2). 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. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". Like them that dream—The announcement of freedom seemed too joyful to be real. 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. Spiritual Meaning Of Dream About Prison/Jail (Prov 26:27) Psalm 126: 1 – 4: “When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Psalms 126:1. Psalms 128:5-6; Lamentations 3:1). 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.”. “When Yahweh brought back those who returned to Zion, Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. All other rights reserved. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-126.html. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Psa. 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BibliographyWesley, John. “Yahweh has done great things for them.” In Henry's view, the psalm was written either by Ezra, who led the nation at that time, or by one of the Jewish prophets. "The message of the psalm is that there is no simple solution on earth for the problems of the people of God, no single act of God that could bring them into unbroken joy, rid them of trials and temptations, or establish them in perfection this side of heaven!"[6]SIZE>. This Psalm was composed by Ezra, or some other man of God, at the return of Israel from Babylon. May reap their sheaves with gladness, He was set up from everlasting. 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. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/psalms-126.html. 1840-57. Would he devote that sacred head A deserving family is chosen to receive a Habitat for Humanity house, and all the neighbors say it was a blessing from God. It is obvious here that the ASV, which we are following, renders these opening lines as a reference to the return of the Babylonian exiles; and, as we noted above, there is nothing in the psalm that denies this possibility. The weather was worsening. 1870. BibliographyBenson, Joseph. "[1] That rendition is, "When the Lord turned the captivity of Sion, we became as comforted ones. Commentary on Psalm 126:1-3. KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT. Well, that’s the image the psalmist leaves us with: By his great mercy, God has set the captives free. We were like them that dream - The Latin Vulgate and the Septuagint render this, “we were comforted.” The meaning is, “It seemed like a dream; we could hardly realize that it was so; it was so marvelous, so good, so full of joy, that we could scarcely believe it was real.” This state of mind is not uncommon, when, in sudden and overpowering joy, we ask whether it can be real; whether it is not all a dream. The psalm goes on to say. This is the seventh Step, and we may therefore expect to meet with some special perfection of joy in it; nor shall we look in vain. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/psalms-126.html. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then... Psalm 126 A Harvest of Joy - A Song of Ascents. EXPOSITION: 1. "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". “He breaks the power of canceled sin, Psalm 126:1-3 King James Version (KJV) 126 When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. No wonder they laughed and sang for joy. BibliographyCalvin, John. A user-friendly resource for busy pastors! 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. The pilgrims went from blessing to blessing in their psalmody as they proceeded on their holy way. 1. It ended in 537 B.C., when Cyrus the Great let the people go back to Judea. After which, the Mohammedan troops were driven out of Greece and the Morea; so that the whole of Greece is cleared of its oppressors, and is now under its own government, protected by the above powers - March, 1829. Charles Wesley got it right when he penned the words. 1 When the L ORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. We laughed, we sang, we couldn’t believe our good fortune. We fear that it is; we apprehend that it will all vanish away like a dream. In this passage, the turning of Job's "captivity," simply meant the restoration of his good fortunes and not his release from imprisonment or captivity. 5:1). When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion, We were like those who dream. BibliographyCoke, Thomas. Psalms 126:1 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Psalms 125:1-5, introduction. Check out these helpful resources BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". (Presbyterian Hymnal, p. 237). He had been released. This deliverance of the captives, though it was by Cyrus as an instrument, yet it was the Lord's work; which he employed him in, and stirred him up to do, and therefore is ascribed to him. We were like them that dream - The news was so unexpected that we doubted for a time the truth of it. See Acts 12:9. 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. The whole was to be traced to God. --- God must be the principal agent, (Worthington) and all the glory must be given to Him. "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". 126: 1-6. 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. “Them that dream”: The actual experience of liberation, so unexpected, seemed more like a dream than reality. We were the talk of the nations— “GOD was wonderful to them!” GOD was wonderful to us; we are one happy people. Constantinople was taken by the Turks in 1453; and since that time till the present, (October, 1822), three hundred and sixty-nine years have elapsed. 1983-1999. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream." You can imagine the celebration when he did. There are psalms of praise, thanksgiving, lament and trust. 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. "The Roman Senate, and T. Quintius the general, having vanquished king Philip and the Macedonians, do ordain that the Corinthians, Phocensians, all the Locrensians, the island of EubOea, the Magnesians, Thessalians, Perrhaebians, Acheans, and Phthiotians, shall be free, be delivered from all taxes, and live according to their own laws.". Theirs is, once more, a land flowing with milk and honey. Compare Job 42:10; Psalms 14:7; Hosea 6:11. We were delirious with delight. We have seen how these Psalms operate in groups of three a psalm of trouble, followed by a psalm of trust, followed by a psalm of triumph. Broad smiles and laughter told the story. It’s like a dream, too good to be true. This year, instead of following one of the gospels, we’re letting the Psalms show us the way from Galilee to Jerusalem. Title. From Babylon; and therefore that which some translations have in the title, A psalm of David (which is not in the Hebrew) would be left out; for it seemeth to have been penned by Ezra, or some prophet of his time. (Jeremiah 25:12, and Jeremiah 29:10.) "When Jehovah brought back those that returned to Zion, Jehovah hath done great things for them.". 1865-1868. Every day she’d sit at her kitchen table and pray for the Lord to provide for her needs. See Job 42:10 and Ezekiel 16:53 and Ezekiel 16:56, where it is three times explained as "return to your former estate". Children’s Sermons which sense the word has in Job 39:4; and will be the case of the Jews, when they are converted; who will be recovered out of the sick state and condition in which they now are, and have all their diseases healed, and sins forgiven; yea, their conversion will be as life from the dead, a resurrection of them from their graves, Romans 11:15. The people felt as if they were in a dream.. and Psalm 126 gives a peep into the hearts of Jewish men and women who along with their parents and grandparents had … Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. will certainly come again with joy, carrying his sheaves.”. How signally has this prayer been thus far answered! Hengstenberg translates, 'When the Lord turned to the returning of Zion' - i:e., turned in mercy to them when they returned in penitence to Him (Deuteronomy 30:2-3; Deuteronomy 30:9-10; Deuteronomy 4:30; Isaiah 10:21-22; Isaiah 59:20; Nehemiah 1:8-9). Individually, the Psalms can be the source of great inspiration: “Yahweh is my shepherd; I shall lack nothing….” Collectively, they bear witness to God’s faithfulness in watching over the people of Israel through the trials and tribulations of life. Psalm 126.5-6 . "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". 2 Then our u mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". Psalms 128:1-6.-The fear of God brings blessedness. "[3] There are also a number of other scholarly "guesses"; but none of them carries any particular authority. Because of the past, they can certainly imagine a stunningly glorious future, where the sad can’t stop laughing, where tears are dried and replaced with shouts of joy. Copyright StatementThese files are considered public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available in the Online Bible Software Library. Psalms 126:3 The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. 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 Hebrew [ shiybaah (Hebrew #7870)] occurs only here. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion - i:e., When He restored her to prosperity. 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. The occasion for the psalm is likewise impossible to identify with any certainty. The chances of rescue looked slim. This must indeed have been an understatement. cap. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, The Turkish fleet has been attacked in the Bay of Navarino by the combined fleets of the above powers in October, 1827, under the command of the British Admiral, Sir Edward Codrington, and totally annihilated. 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. and our tongue with singing.”, A SUBSCRIBER SAYS: “Thanks. BibliographyCoffman, James Burton. "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". 126:1 When Hashem restores the fortunes of Tzion. Scarcely could any person believe what he had heard. When we were living in Odessa, folks used to say that anything would grow out there if you watered it enough. 16.) + At that time they said among the nations: “Jehovah has done great things for them.” + 3 Jehovah has done great things for us, + And we are overjoyed. It is unnatural and forced to suppose, with some expositors, that this is a prediction of what was to come. We must labour, and still expect success from God alone. Turned again the captivity of Zion, i.e. We were like them that dream - we could scarcely believe our eyes that our deliverance was a reality. Delitzsch declared that, "Any other rendering than that of the LXX in these opening lines is impossible. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/srn/psalms-126.html. 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. Biblical Commentary Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 126 EXEGESIS: CONTEXT: This psalm is composed of two sections: Verses 1-3 speak of a wondrous, joyful time "when Yahweh brought back those who returned to Zion." BibliographyClarke, Adam. Psalm 126:1, … The background is the Babylonian Captivity. The caption read: “Christ has made us free.” (Gal. 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. like the streams in the Negev. Senatus romanus et t. Quincius imperator, philippo rege macedonibusque devictis; liberos, immunes, suis legibus esse jubet corinthios, phocenses, locrensesque omnes, et insulam euboeam, et magnetas, thessalos, perrhaebos, achaeos, phthiotas. By his grace, he’s restored their good fortune. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/psalms-126.html. The reference is to the waking in 2 Kings 19:35. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, When the Lord turned again the captivity -, When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion -, WHEN THE LORD RESTORED THE FORTUNES OF ZION, "Then said they ... Jehovah hath done great things for them", John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. Mr. Mudge conjectures from the 4th verse, that it was written just at the juncture of the restoration, before it was fully completed. “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. vi. Revocatur praeco, cum unusquisque non audire, sed videre libertatis suae nuncium averit, iterum pronunciaret eadem. The inmate was sitting on his bunk with his head in his hands, as if lamenting his crime. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". 126.1, and whethCT the expression has to be rendered “restored the fortunes of Zion” on the basis of the comparison with the Aramaic. 2. "People that were dreaming" means that people could not believe the good thing that God did for them! The Hebrew word which is rendered in the text captivity means properly return; and then, those returning. Verse 1: This verse fits the Sennacherib story better than the Cyrus story. 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. Now, whoever was the author of it, (88) whether one of the Levites or one of the Prophets, he affirms that the manner of their deliverance was too wonderful to be attributed to fortune, in order to lead the faithful to the conclusion that the prophecy of Jeremiah, which had assigned seventy years as the term of the captivity, was truly fulfilled. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-126.html. His blood can make the foulest clean, 1599-1645. Scripture quotations are from the World English Bible (WEB), a public domain (no copyright) modern English translation of the Holy Bible. 126 When the L ord s restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who t dream. And how ought redemption from the wrath to come, from the power of sin and of Satan, to be valued! 21., and Genesis xxx. Isaiah 37:36. It is impossible, of course, to determine the exact date of this psalm. The more you know your absolute dependence on God’s forgiveness and grace, the more you can appreciate the gift of salvation bought for you through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. In the common Hebrew text, When the Lord returned home the returning ones, or, the restoration, deriving שׁיבת, (sheebath,) rendered “captivity,” from שׁוב, (shobh,) to return. Nothing but the over-ruling power of God could have prompted him to such an act; and nothing but God's over-ruling power could have brought them out. Amen. 1.When Jehovah brought back the captivity of Zion, etc. If you’ve been away for a while, we’re nearing the end of our Lenten journey. 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. And every poor sinner, redeemed by Christ, may well take up the same language. See Isaiah 45:1-3, compared with Daniel 5:6-30. 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. Wesley is so thankful only a thousand will do: “O, for a thousand tongues to sing my great Redeemer’s praise …”. John Trapp Complete Commentary. BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. 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. (Muis) --- He was to undertake various important works during his reign, (Haydock) particularly the temple, at the dedication of which this might be sung. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. Amen! 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. “Then they said among the nations, Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. Those who sow in tears will reap in joy. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/psalms-126.html. For when Cyrus (as we read in the book of Ezra) gave commandment for the Jews to return to Jerusalem, and to rebuild the temple, it might well excite the astonishment of all that heard it. When the Romans had sat down to behold the games, the herald with his trumpet went into the arena according to custom, to proclaim the several games. When the Lord turned again the captivity - When Cyrus published his decree in favor of the Jews, giving them liberty to return to their own land, and rebuild their city and temple. BibliographyGill, John. Psalms 126:1. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/psalms-126.html. Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. Psalms 126:1-6.-Thanksgiving for the deliverance out of Babylon already vouchsafed to Zion, to her joy, so that the pagan spoke of the great things which the Lord had done for her (Psalms 126:1-3); Lord complete the deliverance by not letting the work be interrupted. Make no mistake about it, when God acts, people notice, even people of little or no faith. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". The old and infirmed were left to die. Nehemias had ordered the citizens to watch the attempts of Sanaballat. and our tongue with singing” (Psalm 126:1-2). 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. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". Like them that dream—The announcement of freedom seemed too joyful to be real. 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. Spiritual Meaning Of Dream About Prison/Jail (Prov 26:27) Psalm 126: 1 – 4: “When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Psalms 126:1. Psalms 128:5-6; Lamentations 3:1). 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.”. “When Yahweh brought back those who returned to Zion, Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. All other rights reserved. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-126.html. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.” Psa. 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