We laughed, we sang, we couldn’t believe our good fortune. But this is mere conjecture. Gerstenberger’s point may be that Psalm 126:1’s message is that God is doing something new, something with which dreams often coincided. It is with great propriety said, that the Lord turned again their captivity, for that Cyrus should dismiss such a number of captives without money and without price, should issue a decree for them to return to their own country, and to rebuild their city and temple, and especially that he should send them home laden with presents, Ezra 1:1-4 ; this was evidently the work of Jehovah, who only could thus turn the captivity of Zion. The Negeb is the desert in the southern part of Israel. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/psalms-126.html. PSALM 126:1. See title note; (See Scofield "Psalms 120:1"). “Them that dream”: The actual experience of liberation, so unexpected, seemed more like a dream than reality. BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". Let the crescent never more fill its horns with a victory, nor with the spoils of any who are called by the sacred name of Jesus: but let it wane back into total darkness; and know no change for the better, till illuminated by the orient splendor of the Sun of righteousness! "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". Psalm 126:5-6. Amen! The Babylonian Captivity lasted seventy years. The phrase is not precisely the same as that in Psalms 126:4, which is usual, and offers no difficulty. The psalmist says it was like a dream, too good to be true. The reference is to the waking in 2 Kings 19:35. When you find Psalm 126, please stand for the reading of God’s Word: A Song of degrees. And though this is expressed in the past tense, yet it may be put for the future; and be considered as a prophecy of it, and which the following word seems to confirm; and especially the prayer, Psalm 126:4; for the return of the captivity seems to require it should: and may not only literally respect the return of the captives in Babylon, but the conversion of the Jews in the latter day, and their deliverance from their present captivity; which is expressed sometimes by the Lord's bringing again Zion, and returning the captivity of the Jews, and their being turned to the Lord, Isaiah 52:8; and may be applied to spiritual and eternal redemption by Christ, of which the deliverance from Babylon was a type; and is sometimes expressed in the same language, Psalm 14:7; and the people redeemed are often signified by Zion, and are by nature captives to sin, Satan, and the law; from whence they are redeemed by Christ, whose work alone it is, Isaiah 1:27; we were like them that dream; or "shall be"F16היינו "erimus", Musculus, Gejerus, Schmidt; so the Targum, Syr. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. Used by permission. Josephus gives this account of the edict of Cyrus. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". I love the way Michard Saward paraphrased this verse in our closing hymn. BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. It was done at the time of the Isthmian games, and by the crier, who went into the circus to proclaim them; none but the Roman general T. Quintius knowing what was to be done. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, When the Lord turned again the captivity -, When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion -, WHEN THE LORD RESTORED THE FORTUNES OF ZION, "Then said they ... Jehovah hath done great things for them", John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. Compare Job 42:10; Psalms 14:7; Hosea 6:11. Theirs is, once more, a land flowing with milk and honey. The Hebrew word which is rendered in the text captivity means properly return; and then, those returning. Please make your way in God’s Word to the 126th psalm. For such a worm as I?”. The psalm begins. Hymn Lists. Scarcely could any person believe what he had heard. His blood availed for me.” This psalm is generally allowed to have been composed by Ezra, upon the return of the Jews from the Babylonish captivity. So the English version. And like the psalmist in the Psalms of Ascent, we m… Not only are they on the .way back home, but the all-powerful Medo-Persian monarch Cyrus is financing their return, sponsoring and encouraging it in every way possible. I’ll never forget a poster I saw years ago. .--Literally, In turning by Jehovah the turning of Zion. (Calmet) --- But still depended more on Providence than on his own industry. The root ch-l-m can mean to dream, or to be healthy or strong (Job 39:4; Isaiah 38:16, where the hiphil is used). “Yahweh has done great things for them.”. Psalm 126:1, KJV: "{A Song of degrees.} McCaw attempted to express the meaning of the whole psalm with the following adequate analysis. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/psalms-126.html. Nehemias had ordered the citizens to watch the attempts of Sanaballat. Audita voce praeconis, majus gaudium fuit, quam quod universum homines caperent. The background is the Babylonian Captivity. 32). They that sow in tears shall reap in joy — This seems to refer to the foregoing prayer; as if he had said, And this thou wilt do in thy good time: thou wilt give them, as thou hast given us, a joyful return after so sad a time of captivity. The herald was again called, as each expressed the strongest desire not only to hear, but see the messenger of his own liberty: the herald, therefore, repeated the proclamation. Ver. This deliverance of the captives, though it was by Cyrus as an instrument, yet it was the Lord's work; which he employed him in, and stirred him up to do, and therefore is ascribed to him. Allen believed that, "The turning point to which the people looked back in this psalm was probably the reestablishment of the worship of the religious community in Jerusalem after the Babylonian exile. John Trapp Complete Commentary. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/psalms-126.html. The church, celebrating her incredible return out of captivity, prayeth for, and prophesieth the good success thereof. 1874-1909. The theme of restoration that began with Psalm 80 in Advent 1, and Psalm 85 in Advent 2, is continued this week in Psalm 126. like them that dream. Jubilation filled the air. We must labour, and still expect success from God alone. (2 Timothy 2:26). No wonder they laughed and sang for joy. xxxiii., Cyp. "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". The reference clearly is to those who were returning to Zion, and the psalmist fixes his eye on them as returning, and immediately says that it … This passage is both testimonial and prophetic. The ancient versions render it captivity. Here the form of the noun “turning” presents some difficulty; but, after the analogy of a few other words, it can bear the concrete meaning “returned:” when Jehovah brought back the returned of Zion. Hood? Psalm 126.5-6 . When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion — Brought the captive Israelites out of Babylon into their own land; we were like them that dream — We were so surprised and astonished at the report of such a favour, and especially when the proclamation went forth, to give us liberty to return to our own country, after so long a captivity, we could scarcely believe our own eyes or ears, but were ready to think it to be but a dream, or illusion of our own fancies. Turned — Brought the captive Israelites out of Babylon into their own land. Charles Wesley got it right when he penned the words. (Jeremiah 25:12, and Jeremiah 29:10.) Senatus romanus et t. Quincius imperator, philippo rege macedonibusque devictis; liberos, immunes, suis legibus esse jubet corinthios, phocenses, locrensesque omnes, et insulam euboeam, et magnetas, thessalos, perrhaebos, achaeos, phthiotas. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/psalms-126.html. Now, whoever was the author of it, (88) whether one of the Levites or one of the Prophets, he affirms that the manner of their deliverance was too wonderful to be attributed to fortune, in order to lead the faithful to the conclusion that the prophecy of Jeremiah, which had assigned seventy years as the term of the captivity, was truly fulfilled. In this psalm, the theological theme of restoration is knitted together with the theme of rejoicing. Arab. 1801-1803. The noun שיבת, shibath, translated captivity, might be rendered bringing back, as some do, which would give greater elegance to the expression of the Psalmist, as in that case שיבת would be a noun of the same verb which is used in the beginning of the verse. This is the seventh Step, and we may therefore expect to meet with some special perfection of joy in it; nor shall we look in vain. I shall give the substance of this account from the Roman historian. 3. a past act, Ps. in Vit. Psalm 126:1-3 King James Version (KJV) 126 When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Long story, short, under the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar, the Babylonians sacked Jerusalem and took the brightest and best of the Jewish population to Babylon. Psalm 126:1-8 Too Good to Be True (McLarty), All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan. BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. will certainly come again with joy, carrying his sheaves.”. We were the talk of the nations— “GOD was wonderful to them!” GOD was wonderful to us; we are one happy people. EXPOSITION: 1. I’m sure you must get tired of me saying this, but this is why I think it’s so important to be up front about our sinful nature and not to be ashamed to sing with Isaac Watts, “Alas, and did my Savior bleed, And did my Sovereign die? And our whole nature was in worse than Babylonish bondage, when God sent his Son to deliver us from darkness, and to bring us into his marvellous light; to bring us out of the prison house, and make us free. For the title here we have selected the opening line of the RSV. 1983-1999. Copyright StatementThese files are considered public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available in the Online Bible Software Library. 1. When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion. Acts 12:9; Luke 24:11). Great joy seems too good to be true. And every poor sinner, redeemed by Christ, may well take up the same language. Because of the past, they can certainly imagine a stunningly glorious future, where the sad can’t stop laughing, where tears are dried and replaced with shouts of joy. which sense the word has in Job 39:4; and will be the case of the Jews, when they are converted; who will be recovered out of the sick state and condition in which they now are, and have all their diseases healed, and sins forgiven; yea, their conversion will be as life from the dead, a resurrection of them from their graves, Romans 11:15. Psalms 126:1 « A Song of degrees. When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. "Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament". It was of a prison cell. The inmate was sitting on his bunk with his head in his hands, as if lamenting his crime. Verse 2: When God does something good for … When the Romans had sat down to behold the games, the herald with his trumpet went into the arena according to custom, to proclaim the several games. To answer your good question, let’s read Psalm 126:1-6, … But passing over this event, great and astonishing as it is in itself, as a proof of God's kind providence over his people; I would call the Reader to a yet more marvellous instance of God's sovereignty in the kingdom of his grace, and desire him to ponder with me the wonders of God's love, in turning the captivity of sinners by the proclamation of mercy in the person and offices of the Lord Jesus Christ. Psalms 125:1-5, introduction. Bernard). Every day she’d sit at her kitchen table and pray for the Lord to provide for her needs. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pmc/psalms-126.html. There are psalms of praise, thanksgiving, lament and trust. It ended in 537 B.C., when Cyrus the Great let the people go back to Judea. To get what Psalm 126:1 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity. We were like them that dream - The news was so unexpected that we doubted for a time the truth of it. The whole was to be traced to God. Amen! So I prefer, on account of the different forms in Psalms 126:1 and Psalms 126:4. The weather was worsening. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. המעלות שׁיר Shiir hammangaloth.] Cyrus was mentioned by name, between two and three hundred years before he was born, and declared to be God's anointed for opening the two-leaved gates, upon which occasion God would loose the loins of kings. To the naked eye, it’s a God-forsaken place. The people felt as if they were in a dream.. and Psalm 126 gives a peep into the hearts of Jewish men and women who along with their parents and grandparents had … See App-67. Like them that dream—The announcement of freedom seemed too joyful to be real. 1828. Title. 1859. turned. As often as God works by ordinary means, men, through the malignity of their natures, usually exercise their ingenuity in devising various causes of the deliverance wrought, in order to darken the grace of God. These psalms trace the upward ascent of our heart to Gods heart, but its not smooth sailing all the way. By the verb dream, which expresses the astonishing character of the event, he teaches us that there is no room left for ingratitude. Yet, in the middle of the desert there are natural springs, and they’ve been the source of life for thousands of years for those who travel by foot. 1 When the L ORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. This proclamation of the herald being heard, there was such joy, that the people in general could not comprehend it. --- It. Psalm 126 is generally thought to have been written by Ezra, upon the return of the Jews from their captivity in Babylon. The chances of rescue looked slim. So, what’s that got to do with us? The phrase is not precisely the same as that in Psalm 126:4, which is usual, and offers no difficulty.Here the form of the noun "turning" presents some difficulty; but, after the analogy of a few other words, it can bear the concrete meaning "returned:" when Jehovah brought back the returned of Zion. (1) When the Lord . Psalms 126:1. He broke the power of sin and death. 126 When Jehovah gathered back the captives of Zion, + We thought we were dreaming. The psalm is for the comfort and guidance of the Church in all times of trial, when joyful hopes raised by deliverances are threatened with disappointment. BibliographyHawker, Robert, D.D. Commentary on Psalm 126:1-3. In Henry's view, the psalm was written either by Ezra, who led the nation at that time, or by one of the Jewish prophets. i., Aug. Confes. But the return of the Jewish people from the Babylonish captivity, having been a miracle of such splendor as was sufficient to swallow up and confound all the thoughts of men, it compels us to own that it was a signal work of God. They gazed on each other, wondering as if it had been some illusion, similar to a dream; and although all were interested in what was spoken, none could trust his own ears, but inquired each from him who stood next to him what it was that was proclaimed. Psalm 126:1-3-4-6 MSG. When by this repetition the glad tidings were confirmed, there arose such a shout, accompanied with repeated clapping of hands, as plainly showed that of all good things none is so dear to the multitude as Liberty. (Yes,) Yahweh has done great things for us, Hengstenberg translates, 'When the Lord turned to the returning of Zion' - i:e., turned in mercy to them when they returned in penitence to Him (Deuteronomy 30:2-3; Deuteronomy 30:9-10; Deuteronomy 4:30; Isaiah 10:21-22; Isaiah 59:20; Nehemiah 1:8-9). Psalms 126:2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them. "[2] Nevertheless, we accept the RSV rendition here as correct, because Christ himself used the expression, "release of the captives" as an idiom for saving people from sin (Luke 4:18). Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. 1840-57. and our tongue with singing” (Psalm 126:1-2). We fear that it is; we apprehend that it will all vanish away like a dream. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/psalms-126.html. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". Epist. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/psalms-126.html. "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". Briggs placed it in the "Greek period, when the people longed for a return of prosperity. lib. So the idiomatic phrase is used, Psalms 53:6, a psalm of David, ages before the return from the Babylonian captivity; which, however, is doubtless the particular event here alluded to under the general phrase. 1685. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. + At that time they said among the nations: “Jehovah has done great things for them.” + 3 Jehovah has done great things for us, + And we are overjoyed. The Psalms are the songs of Israel, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Then, when she went to the other part of the house, they slipped in and put it on the table, then waited outside for her to find it. An illustration has been aptly produced in Livy’s description of the feelings of the Greeks when they heard at the Isthmian games (B.C. (Berthier) --- Some suppose that David put the psalm into his hands, to teach him that all depends on God. 1871-8. Turned… the captivity—An obscure form of speech. What he could have seen, if he’d looked up, is that the door to his cell was open. Fs. Surely the hand of Almighty God is visible in those events. In this latter sense, also, the Syriac and Targum agree, and the sense of the text evidently requires it. When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion, We were like those who dream." When she came back to the kitchen and saw the sack of groceries, she exclaimed, “Oh, thank you, Jesus, thank you!” At that, the boys rushed inside and said, “You old bag, Jesus didn’t bring them groceries, we did!” She looked at them and said, “Oh, yes, Jesus brought them all right. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". We were like them that dream] Tanta fuit liberationis admirabilitas, so admirable was the deliverance, that we could hardly believe it; as fearing the certainty, and yet hoping the truth. It’s like a dream, too good to be true. Of. Multitudes from all Greece were there assembled; and the tidings produced nearly the same effect upon them, according to Livy, that the publication of the decree of Cyrus did on the Jews, according to what is here related by the psalmist. Go to. i. This almost certainly refers to the miraculous return of … 126 When the L ord s restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who t dream. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/psalms-126.html. Abiding is not enough, fruitfulness is added. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/psalms-126.html. The glories of my God and King, Was he not the one who really engineered the whole business? Barnes's Psalms 126:1 Bible Commentary When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion - Margin, as in Hebrew, "returned the returning of Zion." 1.When Jehovah brought back the captivity of Zion, etc. To put it this way, you know when go into a travel agency and see all the posters of beautiful and exotic places to visit? Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. like the streams in the Negev.”. This is His Word for us this year 2006-the year of divine turn-around. -- A Song of Degrees. And in the night that Belshazzar was slain, was this memorable prophecy fulfilled. This does not refer to a captivity or captives, but to a restoration to blessing. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-126.html. We were like them that dream; we were so surprised and astonished with the report of such a favour, that we could not believe our own eyes and ears, but thought it to be but a dream or delusion of our own fancies; as is usual in matters of great joy, as Genesis 45:26 Luke 24:11 Acts 12:9. And sing the song of joy, and sing the song of joy.” He sets the prisoner free; For my part I have no doubt that the Psalm was composed upon the return of the Jewish people from the Babylonish captivity; and for this reason I have translated the verb בשוב , beshub, in the past tense. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them. Certain it is, that it salts the Church's deliverance upon every occasion, and the deliverance of every believer. we could scarcely believe it, but were apt to look upon ourselves as only in a dream of so great happiness." "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". Or "for" Solomon. PSALM 126 PRAYERS: If you are in any of the situations listed above or more, then these powerful psalm 126 prayers are for you: Dear Lord turns exile into ecstasy, and banishment into bliss., Lord, Let our hearts gratefully remember all your former loving kindnesses; Dear Lord, strengthen my faith, I believe in you. See Psalms 126:4, and the fundamental passage, Deuteronomy 30:2-3 ; Jeremiah 29:14; Ezekiel 16:53. And when any, and every poor sinner is thus brought out, so great, so unexpected, so unlooked for, and so, marvellous doth the whole seem to him, that it appears too great, and too good to be real, so that it seems but as a dream, or a vision of the night. Here the trustor becomes a sower: faith works by love, obtains a present bliss, and secures a harvest of delight. And, what’s remarkable is that the heathens did too, and that’s the second thing that stands out about this verse: “Then they said among the nations, Happy people to whom ever ascent was a song, every halt a hymn. (Haydock). The Targum is, "we were like the sick that are recovered;'. and our tongue with singing” (Psalm 126:1-2). This song likely was composed after the exile, in wondrous gratitude for God’s restoration, and in prayer for a furtherance of that work. He had been released. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 126 EXEGESIS: CONTEXT: This psalm is composed of two sections: Verses 1-3 speak of a wondrous, joyful time "when Yahweh brought back those who returned to Zion." have “as if consoled.” The Hebrew word primarily means “to be fat,” or “fleshy,” and in Isaiah 38:16 is rendered “recover”—a meaning that would give a good sense here, and which is adopted by the Chaldean paraphrases: “We were like unto such men who have recovered.” On the other hand, the usual rendering suggests that the news of the restoration appeared too good to be true. See Acts 12:9. You see it all the time: Bill and Melinda Gates donate a billion dollars to fight AIDS in Africa, and the whole world sits up and takes notice. “When Yahweh brought back those who returned to Zion, Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 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