A song of ascents. 2
the one enthroned 4 in heaven.
123:2 Look, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a female servant look to the hand of her mistress, 5
so my eyes will look to the Lord, our God, until he shows us favor.
123:3 Show us favor, O Lord, show us favor!
For we have had our fill of humiliation, and then some. 6
of the taunts of the self-assured,
of the contempt of the proud.
2 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.
3 tn Heb “I lift my eyes.”
5 sn Servants look to their master for food, shelter, and other basic needs.
6 tn Heb “for greatly we are filled [with] humiliation.”
7 tn Heb “greatly our soul is full to it.”