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E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Psalms 122



Verse 1

Title. A Song. Hebrew. shir. See note on Title of Psalms 120:1, and App-65.

of degrees = of the degrees (with article), as on Title of Psalms 120:1. See App-67, and note on p. 827.

of David = by David. A Psalm which Hezekiah found ready to his hand. Some codices, with Aram, and Syriac, omit "of David".

the house of the LORD. Hebrew. the house of Jehovah (App-4). This was Hezekiah"s constant care, desire, and thought. It filled his heart. He began his reign by "opening its doors" and cleansing it. See 2 Chronicles 29-31, where it is mentioned seventeen times. He spread Sennacherib"s letter before Jehovah there (Isaiah 37:14). In his mortal sickness his prayer and its answer related to it (2 Kings 20:5). The "sign" he asked related to it (2 Kings 20:8. Isaiah 38:22). His songs were to be sung there (Isaiah 38:20). See App-67.

the LORD. Hebrew. Jehovah. App-4.

Verse 2

shall stand = have stood [and shall still stand. ] The reference is to the Passover, which had been kept for "all Israel". See App-67.

Jerusalem. Note the Figure of speech Anadiplosis (App-6), the word being repeated at the beginning of the next verse.

compact = coupled together (as by a bridge), as Moriah was joined with Zion by the Millo. See note on 1 Kings 9:15; 2 Kings 12:20, and App-68.

Verse 4

go up. See App-68"Zion".

THE LORD. Hebrew Jah. App-4.

testimony: the Ark of Jehovah.

name. See note on Psalms 20:1.

Verse 5

thrones. Plural of Majesty = the great Throne.

Verse 6

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Figure of speech Paronomasia (App-6), sha"alu shelom yerushalam yishlayu. See App-67.

Verse 7

Peace be within. Figure of speech Epanadiplosis (App-6), uniting Psalms 122:7 and Psalms 122:8 by beginning and ending with the same words.

Verse 8

say = speak [saying],

Verse 9

God. Hebrew. Elohim. App-4.


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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on Psalms 122:4". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". 1909-1922.

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