1 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.

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Psalms
Book: Psalms
Chapter: 120

Overview:
The safety of the godly.
- We must not rely upon men and means, instruments and second
causes. Shall I depend upon the strength of the hills? upon
princes and great men? No; my confidence is in God only. Or, we
must lift up our eyes above the hills; we must look to God who
makes all earthly things to us what they are. We must see all
our help in God; from him we must expect it, in his own way and
time. This psalm teaches us to comfort ourselves in the Lord,
when difficulties and dangers are greatest. It is almighty
Wisdom that contrives, and almighty power that Works the safety
of those that Put themselves under God's protection. He is a
wakeful, watchful Keeper; he is never weary; he not only does
not sleep, but he does not So much as slumber. Under this shade
they may sit with delight and Assurance. He is always near his
people for their protection and refreshment. The right Hand is
the working Hand; let them but turn to their duty, and they
shall find God ready to give them success. He will take care
that his people shall not fall. Thou shalt not be hurt, neither
By the open assaults, nor By the secret attempts of thine
enemies. The Lord shall prevent the evil thou fearest, and
sanctify, remove, or lighten the evil thou feelest. He will
preserve the soul, that it be not defiled By Sin, and disturbed
By affliction; he will preserve it from perishing eternally. He
will keep thee in Life and Death; going out to thy labour in the
morning of thy days, and coming home to thy Rest when the
Evening of old Age calls thee in. It is a protection for Life.
The Spirit, who is their Preserver and Comforter, shall abide
with them for ever. Let us be found in our work, assured that
the blessings promised in this psalm are ours.

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