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Psalms 128:6--129:1

Context

128:6 and that you might see 1  your grandchildren. 2 

May Israel experience peace! 3 

Psalm 129 4 

A song of ascents. 5 

129:1 “Since my youth they have often attacked me,”

let Israel say.

1 tn The imperative with prefixed vav (ו) conjunctive indicates purpose/result after the jussive in v. 5a.

2 tn Heb “sons to your sons.”

3 tn Heb “peace [be] upon Israel.” The statement is understood as a prayer (see Ps 125:5).

4 sn Psalm 129. Israel affirms God’s justice and asks him to destroy the enemies of Zion.

5 sn The precise significance of this title, which appears in Pss 120-134, is unclear. Perhaps worshipers recited these psalms when they ascended the road to Jerusalem to celebrate annual religious festivals. For a discussion of their background see L. C. Allen, Psalms 101-150 (WBC), 219-21.



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