Psalm 120
Holman Christian Standard Bible  Par ▾ 

A Cry for Truth and Peace

A song of ascents.

1In my distress I called to the LORD,

and He answered me.a

2LORD, deliver me from lying lips

and a deceitful tongue.”b

3What will He give you,

and what will He do to you,

you deceitful tongue?c

4A warrior’s sharp arrows

with burning charcoal!d, e

5What misery that I have stayed in Meshech,f, g

that I have lived among the tents of Kedar!h, i

6I have lived too long

with those who hate peace.j

7I am for peace; but when I speak,

they are for war.k

a. 120:1 Ps 18:6; Jnh 2:2
b. 120:2 Pr 12:22
c. 120:3 Zph 3:13
d. 120:4 Lit with coals of the broom bush
e. 120:4 Pr 25:18,22
f. 120:5 = a people far to the north of Palestine
g. 120:5 Ezk 27:13
h. 120:5 = a nomadic people of the desert to the southeast
i. 120:5 Sg 1:5; Ezk 27:21
j. 120:6 Ps 35:20
k. 120:7 Ps 109:4
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