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122. Psalm 122
1I was glad when they said unto me,
Let us go unto the house of Jehovah.
2Our feet aare standing
Within thy gates, O Jerusalem,
3Jerusalem, that art builded
As a city that is compact together;
4Whither the tribes go up, even the tribes of aJehovah,
For aan ordinance for Israel,
To give thanks unto the name of Jehovah.
5For there aare set thrones for judgment,
The thrones of the house of David.
6 aPray for the peace of Jerusalem:
aThey shall prosper that love thee.
7Peace be within thy walls,
And prosperity within thy palaces.
8For my brethren and companions' sakes,
I will now say, Peace be within thee.
9For the sake of the house of Jehovah our God
I will seek thy good.
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, "are standing."
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 (De 16:16), with which it was a compliance.
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, everywhere prevail.
8, 9. In the welfare of the city, as its civil, and especially the religious relations, was involved that of Israel.
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.