Ps 122:1-9. This Psalm might well express the
sacred joy of the pilgrims on entering the holy city, where praise, as
the religious as well as civil metropolis, is celebrated, and for whose
prosperity, as representing the Church, prayer is offered.
1, 2. Our feet shall stand—literally,
2. gates—(Compare Ps 9:14; 87:2).
3-5. compact together—all parts united,
as in David's time.
4. testimony—If "unto" is supplied, this
may denote the ark (Ex 25:10-21); otherwise the act of going is
denoted, called a testimony in allusion to the requisition
16:16), with which it was a
5. there are set thrones—or, "do sit,
thrones," used for the occupants, David's sons (2Sa 8:18).
6, 7. Let peace—including prosperity,
8, 9. In the welfare of the city, as its
civil, and especially the religious relations, was involved that of
now—as in Ps 115:2.
9. Let me say—house of …
God—in wider sense, the Church, whose welfare would be
promoted by the good of Jerusalem.