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Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures

Psalms 130



Verses 1-8

Psalm 130

Psalm 130:1 (A Song of degrees.) Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD.

Psalm 130:1Word Study on "degrees" - Strong says the Hebrew word "ma'alah" ( מַעֲלָה) (H 4609) literally means, "elevations," and in book of Psalm it means, "a climatic progression." Strong says this word is derived from the Hebrew verb "‘alah" ( עָלָה) (H 5927), which means "to ascend." This noun occurs 45 times in the Old Testament Scriptures and is often translated "steps," as in 1 Kings 10:19. In 2 Kings 20:9-11 "ma'alah" ( מַעֲלָה) is translated "degrees," referring to the ten steps the shadow regressed on the king's sundial.

Psalm 130:8 And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.

Psalm 130:8Comments- The Hebrew phrase "and he shall redeem" ( וְ֭הוּא יִפְדֶּ֣ה) is literally translated, "He Himself shall redeem." Therefore, the emphasis is on " Hebrews ," a prophecy that Jesus, and only Jesus, will redeem man from their sins. The LXX reads, " καὶ αὐτὸς λυτρώσεται τὸν ισραηλ ἐκ πασῶν τῶν ἀνομιῶν αὐτοῦ."


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Everett, Gary H. "Commentary on Psalms 130:4". Gary H. Everett's Study Notes on the Holy Scriptures. 2013.

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