Psalm 122:7
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English Standard Version
Peace be within your walls and security within your towers!”

King James Bible
Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.

American Standard Version
Peace be within thy walls, And prosperity within thy palaces.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let peace be in thy strength: and abundance in thy towers.

English Revised Version
Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.

Webster's Bible Translation
Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.

Psalm 122:7 Parallel
Commentary
Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The preterite שׂמחתי may signify: I rejoice (1 Samuel 2:1), just as much as: I rejoiced. Here in comparison with Psalm 122:2 it is a retrospect; for היה with the participle has for the most part a retrospective signification, Genesis 39:22; Deuteronomy 9:22, Deuteronomy 9:24; Judges 1:7; Job 1:14. True, עמדות היוּ might also signify: they have been standing and still stand (as in Psalm 10:14; Isaiah 59:2; Isaiah 30:20); but then why was it not more briefly expressed by עמדוּ (Psalm 26:12)? The lxx correctly renders: εὐφράνθην and ἑστῶτες ἦσαν. The poet, now again on the journey homewards, or having returned home, calls to mind the joy with which the cry for setting out, "Let us go up to the house of Jahve!" filled him. When he and the other visitors to the feast had reached the goal of their pilgrimage, their feet came to a stand-still, as if spell-bound by the overpowering, glorious sight.

(Note: So also Veith in his, in many points, beautiful Lectures on twelve gradual Psalms (Vienna 1863), S. 72, "They arrested their steps, in order to give time to the amazement with which the sight of the Temple, the citadel of the king, and the magnificent city filled them.")

Reviving this memory, he exclaims: Jerusalem, O thou who art built up again - true, בּנה in itself only signifies "to build," but here, where, if there is nothing to the contrary, a closed sense is to be assumed for the line of the verse, and in the midst of songs which reflect the joy and sorrow of the post-exilic restoration period, it obtains the same meaning as in Psalm 102:17; Psalm 147:2, and frequently (Gesenius: O Hierosolyma restituta). The parallel member, Psalm 122:3, does not indeed require this sense, but is at least favourable to it. Luther's earlier rendering, "as a city which is compacted together," was happier than his later rendering, "a city where they shall come together," which requires a Niph. or Hithpa. instead of the passive. חבּר signifies, as in Exodus 28:7, to be joined together, to be united into a whole; and יחדּו strengthens the idea of that which is harmoniously, perfectly, and snugly closed up (cf. Psalm 133:1). The Kaph of כּעיר is the so-called Kaph veritatis: Jerusalem has risen again out of its ruined and razed condition, the breaches and gaps are done away with (Isaiah 58:12), it stands there as a closely compacted city, in which house joins on to house. Thus has the poet seen it, and the recollection fills him with rapture.

(Note: In the synagogue and church it is become customary to interpret Psalm 122:3 of the parallelism of the heavenly and earthly Jerusalem.)

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

peace

1 Chronicles 12:18 Then the spirit came on Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said, Your are we, David, and on your side, you son of Jesse...

Isaiah 9:7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, on the throne of David, and on his kingdom, to order it...

Isaiah 54:13 And all your children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the peace of your children.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you: not as the world gives, give I to you. Let not your heart be troubled...

James 3:18 And the fruit of righteousness is sown in peace of them that make peace.

within thy palaces

Psalm 48:3 God is known in her palaces for a refuge.

Cross References
Matthew 10:12
As you enter the house, greet it.

1 Samuel 25:6
And thus you shall greet him: 'Peace be to you, and peace be to your house, and peace be to all that you have.

Psalm 48:3
Within her citadels God has made himself known as a fortress.

Psalm 48:13
consider well her ramparts, go through her citadels, that you may tell the next generation

Psalm 51:18
Do good to Zion in your good pleasure; build up the walls of Jerusalem;

Psalm 118:25
Save us, we pray, O LORD! O LORD, we pray, give us success!

Isaiah 62:6
On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have set watchmen; all the day and all the night they shall never be silent. You who put the LORD in remembrance, take no rest,

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