Psalms 128:6--129:1

128:6 and that you might see your grandchildren.

May Israel experience peace!

Psalm 129

A song of ascents.

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

let Israel say.

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

tn Heb “sons to your sons.”

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

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

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.