128:6 and that you might see 1 your grandchildren. 2
May Israel experience peace! 3
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.