120:1(A Song of a degrees.) In my b distress I cried unto
the LORD, and he heard me.
(a) That is, of lifting up the tune and rising in singing.
(b) Even though the children of God should rejoice when
they suffer for righteousness sake, yet it is a great
grief to the flesh to hear evil for well doing.
120:3 What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto
thee, thou c false tongue?
(c) He assured himself that God would turn their craft to
their own destruction.
120:4d Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.
(d) He shows that there is nothing so sharp to pierce, nor
so hot to set on fire, as a slanderous tongue.
120:5 Woe is me, that I sojourn in e Mesech, [that] I dwell in
the tents of f Kedar!
(e) These were people of Arabia, who came from Japheth,
(f) That is, of the Ishmaelites.
120:7 I [am for] g peace: but when I speak, they [are] for
(g) He declares what he means by Meshech and Kedar, that
is, the Israelites who had degenerated from their
godly fathers, and hated and contended against the