Psalm 125

A song of ascents.

125:1 Those who trust in the Lord are like [those who trust the Lord are compared to…] Mount Zion [the hill on which the temple was built; a symbol of the Lord’s presence, help, protection, and blessing], which cannot be shaken but endures forever.

Note: “Some persons are like sand — ever shifting and treacherous (Matt. 7:26). Some are like the sea — restless and unsettled (Isa. 57:29; Jas. 1:6). Some are like the wind — uncertain and inconstant (Eph. 4:14). Believers are like a mountain — strong, stable, and secure.” (WHJ Page)

125:2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem [includes the Mount of Olives (east), Mount Scopus (north), and other hills to the west and south, all of which were higher than Mount Zion], so the Lord [the Lord is compared to the mountains that surround Jerusalem] surrounds his people both now and forevermore.

125:3 The scepter [a symbol of foreign rule; cf. Isa 14:5] of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil.

125:4 Lord, do good to those who are good [an expression of an upright heart], to those who are upright in heart.

125:5 But those who turn to crooked ways the Lord will banish with the evildoers. Peace be on [only those who trust in Him will receive His peace] Israel.

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