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1 (A Song of degrees.) In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.

2 Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, and from a deceitful tongue.

3 What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou false tongue?

4 Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.

5 Woe is me, that I sojourn in Mesech, that I dwell in the tents of Kedar!

6 My soul hath long dwelt with him that hateth peace.

7 I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war.

Commentary for Psalms 120

The psalmist prays to God to deliver him from false and malicious tongues. (1-4) He complains of wicked neighbours. (5-7)

1-4 The psalmist was brought into great distress by a deceitful tongue. May every good man be delivered from lying lips. They forged false charges against him. In this distress, he sought God by fervent prayer. God can bridle their tongues. He obtained a gracious answer to this prayer. Surely sinners durst not act as they do, if they knew, and would be persuaded to think, what will be in the end thereof. The terrors of the Lord are his arrows; and his wrath is compared to burning coals of juniper, which have a fierce heat, and keep fire very long. This is the portion of the false tongue; for all that love and make a lie, shall have their portion in the lake that burns eternally.

5-7 It is very grievous to a good man, to be cast into, and kept in the company of the wicked, from whom he hopes to be for ever separated. See here the character of a good man; he is for living peaceably with all men. And let us follow David as he prefigured Christ; in our distress let us cry unto the Lord, and he will hear us. Let us follow after peace and holiness, striving to overcome evil with good.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 120

  • Pamela chapani
    only God can hear my prayers
  • Slanderous and cutting speech can cause unbearable distress to others. By keeping our tongue in check we can show we stand for peace.
  • Veronica
    Our lord Jesus is always there for me, in my time of trouble he is my deliverer.
  • David
    It give me strength and make me brave cos only like peace
  • Steve
    As a believe this verse has being speakng to me because i have being findng myself lying but God will help me to come out of this desert.Pls partiner with me so that i come out of this desert of lying.
  • Evans
    deceiful and lieing tongue always found themselves in trouple and seriouse disgrace. Being part of such friends can lead's to a place of embarrassment. Deceitful and lieing tongue can not inherite the kingdom of God, stay away from it and them.

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What quality do the nations of Mesech and Kedar share that distresses the psalmist?
  • Musical
  • Prideful
  • Warlike
  • Agricultural
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