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

  • Retta on Psalms 120
    We choose this verse for my son from a boy He memorized it He was always in the mist of fire storms growing up he said it was because of what other boys said or did That caused all his trouble lots of work discerning of who had the lying lips or who was for peace sometimes him them He is now 25 and expecting his first child ...God has a plan for this verse to keep him grounded
  • Rina Maria Lei on Psalms 120
    Explain psalm 119:2
  • AST on Psalms 120
    I have recently encountered an old friend from my past. I have come to learn of his lies and deceit. My old friend is currently going through a divorce and has had multiple affairs with several women throughout his marriage. My friend has stopped attending church, the 'sharp arrows' are reeking havoc upon my friend's soul. I pray that GOD will have mercy upon him.
  • ADT - in Reply on Psalms 120
    Pray for your friend, but judge him not ! You assume many things examples he had affairs, Well maybe he has asked and been forgiven for sins you judge him by. He doesn't attend church this a sin? Perhaps his relationship with God is growing because of things in his life you know not..pray not that he acts as you think he should, but pray he will find his way and don't judge his heart
  • Renee on Psalms 120
    I love Jesus Christ my Lord and Savior
    with all my heart and soul. He says I
    will never leave you or forsake you.
    I put all my trust in the Lord. He died
    on the cross at Calvary for all humanity.
  • Michelle on Psalms 120
    This speaks to my soul. I pray for deliverance from a lying and deceitful tongue. Thank you God for your mercy on me.
  • Lorrie on Psalms 120
    This psalms describes what our family has been going through for so many years dealing with addiction.
    Oh Lord! deliver my family from the lies.
  • Tom on Psalms 120
    When I read this I thought of my own deceitful tongue , and pray that GOD would protect my Soul from my own sin and the guidence to think before I speak. GODSPEED Everyone .
  • A disciple on Psalms 120
    "My soul hath long dwelt with him that hates peace. I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war." (cont.) Our Master has commanded us to be perfect, even as our Father in heaven is perfect; and that we are to love, and do good, because we are of the same Spirit and character that is good. Our faith and patient endurance will prove most precious and we will glorify Jesus as we wait for Him!
  • A disciple on Psalms 120
    "My soul hath long dwelt with him that hates peace. I am for peace: but when I speak, they are for war." Our family recently watched a movie about a "one time" very popular singer/songwriter, and then followed up with some biographies about his life and death. We learned much about that person that made us very sorry, for there was absolutely NO SIGN of Jesus in his life, only intense selfishness.


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