"The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". What we translate them that dream, is by many expositors rendered, them that are recovered to health: a sense which may be very proper, as signifying that this wonderful change was like the recovery of health after a very tedious sickness. For such a worm as I?”. 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. This psalm is titled A Song of Ascents. The effect that this produced on the astonished Grecians who were present, is related by this able historian in a very natural and affecting manner; and some parts of it nearly in the words of the psalmist. Surely the hand of Almighty God is visible in those events. Turned again the captivity of Zion, i.e. It is impossible, of course, to determine the exact date of this psalm. 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! Verse 1: This verse fits the Sennacherib story better than the Cyrus story. Briggs placed it in the "Greek period, when the people longed for a return of prosperity. BibliographyHaydock, George Leo. BibliographyCoke, Thomas. "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". Psalm 126:1-6 A Song of the Ascents. 126:1; a prayer for YHWH to do it again, Ps. Mr. Mudge conjectures from the 4th verse, that it was written just at the juncture of the restoration, before it was fully completed. Favours already received are to be the ground of prayer and believing hope that God will crown His goodness by new acts of grace. When you find Psalm 126, please stand for the reading of God’s Word: A Song of degrees. We were like them that dream - The news was so unexpected that we doubted for a time the truth of it. Gerstenberger’s point may be that Psalm 126:1’s message is that God is doing something new, something with which dreams often coincided. BibliographyTrapp, John. (Calmet) --- It seems to refer to the times of the Messias. A hundred? His blood can make the foulest clean, The Hebrew word which is rendered in the text captivity means properly return; and then, those returning. God has unlocked the prison door and is inviting you to come out and live in perfect peace and love and joy and thanksgiving. xxxiii., Cyp. When the Lord, &c.— That is, "When the proclamation came forth to give us liberty to return to our own country, after a long captivity, (see Ezra 1:2-3.) Psalm 126:1, KJV: "{A Song of degrees.} Make no mistake about it, when God acts, people notice, even people of little or no faith. Used by permission. 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. Why do the Christian powers of Europe stand by, and see the ark of their God in captivity; the holy name by which they are called despised and execrated; the vilest indignities offered to those who are called Christians, by barbarians the most cruel, ferocious, and abominable that ever disgraced the name of man? (1) When the Lord . INTRODUCTION: We are continuing in our study on the Psalms of Ascent, and our message series is called Stepping Stones to Gods Heart. 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 shall give the substance of this account from the Roman historian. "[5] However, there are several other occasions in the history of Israel which are just as likely to have occasioned this psalm. If you’ve been away for a while, we’re nearing the end of our Lenten journey. The triumphs of His grace! We laughed, we sang, we couldn’t believe our good fortune. Next time something nice happens to you – say, you get a windfall or receive an unexpected blessing – instead of saying, “Today’s my lucky day,” simply whisper this little prayer: “Thank you, Lord.”. Well, that’s the image the psalmist leaves us with: By his great mercy, God has set the captives free. The pilgrims went from blessing to blessing in their psalmody as they proceeded on their holy way. There is nothing in the psalm that can be applied exclusively to the return of Israel from the captivity; but, at the same time, there is nothing to exclude that example of God's restoring the fortunes of Israel. None of those who were carted away lived to see their freedom. 196), after the defeat of the Macedonians by T. Flaminius, the proclamation of the herald that they should, by the free gift of the Roman people, retain their liberty. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/psalms-126.html. “Yahweh has done great things for them.”. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/psalms-126.html. .--Literally, In turning by Jehovah the turning of Zion. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. He’s led them back to the Promised Land. 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. When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion - Margin, as in Hebrew, “returned the returning of Zion.” The Hebrew word which is rendered in the text captivity means properly return; and then, those returning. Hymn Lists. Never before, in the whole history of the human race, had there ever been anything like this; and, we might add, there's never been anything like it since then! Psalm 126 expresses the themes of redemption and joy and gratitude to God. It is unnatural and forced to suppose, with some expositors, that this is a prediction of what was to come. Happy people to whom ever ascent was a song, every halt a hymn. The ancient versions render it captivity. 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 Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. The Lord gave me the groceries; he just used the devil to deliver them.”. Whether they’re willing to admit it or not, your faithfulness has a positive effect on others: “Restore our fortunes again, Yahweh, And how ought redemption from the wrath to come, from the power of sin and of Satan, to be valued! 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. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". Amen! Psalms 126:1 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. Used by Permission. 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. 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. A. Joy beyond expression at the return from exile. (2 Timothy 2:26). Like them that dream.—The LXX. 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. After two or three generations (some 70 years) of captivity in Babylon, they are suddenly on the way back to Jerusalem, just as God had promised. PSALM 126 OVERVIEW. I don’t know this for a fact, but I think you’ll find that elation is proportionate to despair. "[3] There are also a number of other scholarly "guesses"; but none of them carries any particular authority. Revocatur praeco, cum unusquisque non audire, sed videre libertatis suae nuncium averit, iterum pronunciaret eadem. We believed it was too good news to be true, and thought ourselves in a dream or illusion. -- A Song of Degrees. 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. "[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). 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. We had so much sunshine and warm weather, with a little fertilizer and lots of water, you could grow rocks. 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 … Cyrus himself led the way in proclaiming, not himself, but God as the author of Israel's return to Jerusalem. Christ died for the forgiveness of your sins that you might receive the promise of eternal life. 1828. 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. Joseph Benson's Commentary. See Ezra 1:1-6. 1983-1999. Psalm 126:1-3-4-6 MSG. 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. (Berthier) --- Some suppose that David put the psalm into his hands, to teach him that all depends on God. BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". It ended in 537 B.C., when Cyrus the Great let the people go back to Judea. In this latter sense, also, the Syriac and Targum agree, and the sense of the text evidently requires it. (Yes,) Yahweh has done great things for us, "The Adam Clarke Commentary". No wonder they laughed and sang for joy. (O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing), If you were to rewrite Wesley’s hymn today, how many tongues would you need to praise God for your deliverance from sin and death? In the common Hebrew text, When the Lord returned home the returning ones, or, the restoration, deriving שׁיבת, (sheebath,) rendered “captivity,” from שׁוב, (shobh,) to return. 1865-1868. Psalm 126:1-3 King James Version (KJV) 126 When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. And it was true. Abiding is not enough, fruitfulness is added. Like them that dream—The announcement of freedom seemed too joyful to be real. Well, you won’t find a poster of the Negeb! He broke the power of sin and death. BibliographyScofield, C. I. By his grace, he’s restored their good fortune. Psalm 126:1, NASB: "A Song of Ascents. See title note; (See Scofield "Psalms 120:1"). (Worthington) --- The chiefs of the captives might also appropriate it to their use, (Berthier) when they were rebuilding the temple, 2 Esdras iv., and vi. Psalms 128:1-6.-The fear of God brings blessedness. After hoping and praying to be released for seventy long years, the people of Israel got to go home. 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, The church, celebrating and praising God for her return out of the Babylonian captivity, Psalms 126:1-3, prayeth him to perfect his work, and foretelleth the good success thereof, Psalms 126:4-6. When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. Vix satis se credere se quisque audisse: alii alios intueri mirabundi velut somnii vanam speciem: guod ad guemque pertineret, suarum aurium fidei minimum credentes, proximos interrogabant. 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. --- It. See Job 42:10 and Ezekiel 16:53 and Ezekiel 16:56, where it is three times explained as "return to your former estate". Commentary on Psalm 126:1-3. and our tongue with singing” (Psalm 126:1-2). Next Sunday is Palm Sunday; the Sunday after that is Easter Sunday. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/psalms-126.html. "People that were dreaming" means that people could not believe the good thing that God did for them! Please make your way in God’s Word to the 126th psalm. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/psalms-126.html. Click here for more information. lib. 1859. turned. The background is the Babylonian Captivity. Charles Wesley got it right when he penned the words. vi. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/srn/psalms-126.html. All other rights reserved. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". Was he not the one who really engineered the whole business? 1917. This song likely was composed after the exile, in wondrous gratitude for God’s restoration, and in prayer for a furtherance of that work. (Haydock) --- David, Solomon, Esdras, &c., may have held this language. These psalms trace the upward ascent of our heart to Gods heart, but its not smooth sailing all the way. 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. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream." This passage is both testimonial and prophetic. Psalm 126:1 "When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream." Those who sow in tears will reap in joy. 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? 1801-1803. Then the news we’d all hoped for came over the wire – they’d been reached. Bernard). His blood availed for me.” "The Roman Senate, and T. Quintius the general, having vanquished king Philip and the Macedonians, do ordain that the Corinthians, Phocensians, all the Locrensians, the island of EubOea, the Magnesians, Thessalians, Perrhaebians, Acheans, and Phthiotians, shall be free, be delivered from all taxes, and live according to their own laws.". GET YOUR FOUR FREE SAMPLES! Nehemias had ordered the citizens to watch the attempts of Sanaballat. Check out these helpful resources 126.1, and whethCT the expression has to be rendered “restored the fortunes of Zion” on the basis of the comparison with the Aramaic. 126 When the L ord s restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who t dream. And in the night that Belshazzar was slain, was this memorable prophecy fulfilled. המעלות שׁיר Shiir hammangaloth.] “O for a thousand tongues to sing The people of Israel attributed their good fortune to God. 1857. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/psalms-126.html. It is about the deliverance of God’s people from Babylon back to Zion. 16.) 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 was the Lord who had thus restored them. We have seen how these Psalms operate in groups of three a psalm of trouble, followed by a psalm of trust, followed by a psalm of triumph. 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. See Psalms 126:4, and the fundamental passage, Deuteronomy 30:2-3 ; Jeremiah 29:14; Ezekiel 16:53. Copyright StatementThese files are considered public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available in the Online Bible Software Library. The ancient versions render it captivity. John Trapp Complete Commentary. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". The psalm begins. » When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. The Hebrew word which is rendered in the text captivity means properly return; and then, those returning. 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. Copyright 2007, Philip McLarty. "Scofield Reference Notes on Psalms 126:1". Fs. Children’s Sermons That those who sow in sadness 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." When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. This must indeed have been an understatement. As the shock wore off and reality set in, the people rejoiced: “Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing.”, A SUBSCRIBER SAYS: “Thanks. “So far,” he materially says, “is any mind from comprehending this unparalleled benefit of God, that the bare thinking upon it transports us with amazement, as if it were a dream, and not an event which had already taken place. Hood? It is the seventh in the series of 15 songs for pilgrims coming to Jerusalem. Certain it is, that it salts the Church's deliverance upon every occasion, and the deliverance of every believer. He was set up from everlasting. 1.When Jehovah brought back the captivity of Zion, etc. The paragraphing of the composition was understood by Spurgeon as: "(1) a narrative (Psalms 126:1-2); (2) a song (Psalms 126:3); (3) a prayer (Psalms 126:4); and (4) a promise (Psalms 126:5-6)."[4]. Cyrus may have issued the decree, but, as far as the people of Israel were concerned, it was God who gave the word. Or else it is from the root, to return [ shuwb (Hebrew #7725)] - literally, 'turned the returning.' "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". Had the climbers been delayed momentarily – say, they were thirty minutes late reporting in – their loved ones may have had a few anxious moments and then let out a sigh of relief, but it wouldn’t have caused a nationwide celebration. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". 2 At that time our mouth was filled with laughter And our tongue with a joyful shout. Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then... Psalm 126 A Harvest of Joy - A Song of Ascents. Just this: The more you know the power of sin – the “total depravity of man,” as Calvin put it – the more you can appreciate the redemption bought for us by death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. (Read Psalm 126:1-3) It is good to observe how God's deliverances of the church are for us, that we may rejoice in them. But this is mere conjecture. Great God, vindicate the cause of the distressed Greeks as summarily, as effectually, as permanently, as thou once didst that of thy oppressed people the Jews! 1905. 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. Silence being obtained, he solemnly pronounced the following words: -. Delitzsch declared that, "Any other rendering than that of the LXX in these opening lines is impossible. I can tell you, it’s a desolate place. Turned — Brought the captive Israelites out of Babylon into their own land. The church, celebrating her incredible return out of captivity, prayeth for, and prophesieth the good success thereof. In this passage, the turning of Job's "captivity," simply meant the restoration of his good fortunes and not his release from imprisonment or captivity. 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. We drove through a portion of it on our way from Jerusalem to Cairo in 1997. Psalm 126:1-8 Too Good to Be True (McLarty), All Rights Reserved | © 1997-2020 Richard Niell Donovan. Now, translate that into the Babylonian Captivity and you can appreciate what the psalmist is saying. In other words, its not all, all, all the way up all the time. We were like them that dream - we could scarcely believe our eyes that our deliverance was a reality. Acts 12:9; Luke 24:11). To answer your good question, let’s read Psalm 126:1-6, … He had been released. The psalm goes on to say. None could well believe that he had heard aright, and they looked on one another in wonder, like the empty show of a dream” (Livy, xxxiii. They were on their way down, safe and sound. 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. And every poor sinner, redeemed by Christ, may well take up the same language. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". BibliographyWesley, John. Psalm 126:5-6. And like the psalmist in the Psalms of Ascent, we m… Biblical Commentary Psalms 128:5-6; Lamentations 3:1). And such an ecstasy is the new convert in; as was Cyprian, Austin, Bernard; witness their own writings (lib. 5:1). 1870. (Berthier) --- House, or temple, and grant children, Exodus i. This year, instead of following one of the gospels, we’re letting the Psalms show us the way from Galilee to Jerusalem. 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. Compare Job 42:10; Psalms 14:7; Hosea 6:11. We must labour, and still expect success from God alone. (Muis) --- He was to undertake various important works during his reign, (Haydock) particularly the temple, at the dedication of which this might be sung. It seemed like a dream, too good to be true, when GOD returned Zion’s exiles. We wish it were, but its not. See Isaiah 45:1-3, compared with Daniel 5:6-30. Jubilation filled the air. Audita voce praeconis, majus gaudium fuit, quam quod universum homines caperent. “Then they said among the nations, Spiritual Meaning Of Dream About Prison/Jail (Prov 26:27) Psalm 126: 1 – 4: “When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. WHEN THE LORD RESTORED THE FORTUNES OF ZION (RSV). The more you know your absolute dependence on God’s forgiveness and grace, the more you can appreciate the gift of salvation bought for you through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Broad smiles and laughter told the story. Would he devote that sacred head BibliographyTorrey, R. A. Scarcely could any person believe what he had heard. 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. In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. We see here not only that Zion abides, but that her joy returns after sorrow. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/psalms-126.html. (1) When the Lord . Some question Josephus' writings; but the pertinent question is, "If Cyrus did not indeed give God the honor of ordering the return of Israel, how can we account for the fact that the Gentile nations of the world of that period ascribed the honor to God instead of to Cyrus? Abiding is not enough, fruitfulness is added. The old and infirmed were left to die. After which, the Mohammedan troops were driven out of Greece and the Morea; so that the whole of Greece is cleared of its oppressors, and is now under its own government, protected by the above powers - March, 1829. "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". like them that dream. But the Septuagint reads αιχμαλωσιαν, and the Vulgate captivitatem, as if they had a text before them which read שׁבית, (shebeeth,) or שׁבות, (shebooth,) “captivity,” (as in Psalms 126:4,) from the root שׁבה, (shabah,) to take, or lead away, captive. 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. “The joy was too great for men to take it all in. So Jacob felt on hearing of Joseph's being alive, and moreover governor of Egypt (Genesis 45:26 : cf. There are psalms of praise, thanksgiving, lament and trust. “Them that dream”: The actual experience of liberation, so unexpected, seemed more like a dream than reality. He was free to go. Sermons 21., and Genesis xxx. BibliographyBarnes, Albert. But what was all this in comparison to the salvation of Jesus? Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. in Vit. Two things stand out about this verse: When Cyrus the Great ended their exile, the people of Israel didn’t praise Cyrus, they praised God – “the Lord has done great things for us.”, The story is told of a couple of rowdy kids who wanted to play a trick on an old widow woman. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/psalms-126.html. The Babylonian Captivity lasted seventy years. He has set you free. When the Lord restored the fortunes of#:1 Or Lord brought back the captives to Zion,we were like those who dreamed.#:1 Or those restored to health Our mouths were filled "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". lib. Their deliverance was from the Lord. 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. The whole was to be traced to God. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". BibliographyBenson, Joseph. Such a passion was upon Peter when enlarged by the angel, Acts 12:7-11; upon the Grecians when set free by Flaminius, the Roman general; Maius gaudium fuit, saith the historian, quam quod universum homines caperent, &c., their joy was too large for their hearts, they scarcely believed their own ears when the crier proclaimed their liberty, but had him say over that sweet word liberty again; they also looked upon one another with wonderment, velut somnii vanam speciem, saith Livy. "Commentary on Psalms 126:1". He sets the prisoner free; Blessed is everyone that feareth the Lord that walketh in his ways. As if they would say, We could hardly believe our senses. "Them" is the army that God turned away. 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. . 3. a past act, Ps. In this psalm, the theological theme of restoration is knitted together with the theme of rejoicing. As we look more closely at Psalm 126, I hope you’ll get the message of how God is just faithful in watching over us today. Go to. cap. What seemed to be a hopeless situation proved to be nothing short of a miracle. The weather was worsening. This is the reason why the Prophet compares this deliverance to a dream. The Targum is, "we were like the sick that are recovered;'. The Psalms are the songs of Israel, and they come in a variety of shapes and sizes. 1. "Hawker's Poor Man's Commentary". 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 we were living in Odessa, folks used to say that anything would grow out there if you watered it enough. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. "Then said they ... Jehovah hath done great things for them" (Psalms 126:2). We were like them that dream - The Latin Vulgate and the Septuagint render this, “we were comforted.” The meaning is, “It seemed like a dream; we could hardly realize that it was so; it was so marvelous, so good, so full of joy, that we could scarcely believe it was real.” This state of mind is not uncommon, when, in sudden and overpowering joy, we ask whether it can be real; whether it is not all a dream. 126 When Jehovah gathered back the captives of Zion, + We thought we were dreaming. and we are glad” (Psalm 126:2-3). Psalms 126:1. 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. 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