Psalm 122:4
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New International Version
That is where the tribes go up-- the tribes of the LORD-- to praise the name of the LORD according to the statute given to Israel.

King James Bible
Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD.

Darby Bible Translation
Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of Jah, a testimony to Israel, to give thanks unto the name of Jehovah.

World English Bible
where the tribes go up, even Yah's tribes, according to an ordinance for Israel, to give thanks to the name of Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
For thither have tribes gone up, Tribes of Jah, companies of Israel, To give thanks to the name of Jehovah.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

The testimony of Israel - There is the ark, where the presence of God is manifested; there is the holy of holies; and there all the tribes assembled to worship Jehovah. He no doubt alludes to the assembling of the tribes annually at each of the three grand national festivals.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge


Psalm 78:68 But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved.

Psalm 132:13 For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his habitation.

Exodus 23:17 Three items in the year all your males shall appear before the LORD God.

Exodus 34:23,24 Thrice in the year shall all your male children appear before the LORD God, the God of Israel...

Deuteronomy 12:5,11 But to the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there...

Deuteronomy 16:16 Three times in a year shall all your males appear before the LORD your God in the place which he shall choose...

the testimony

Exodus 16:34 As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the Testimony, to be kept.

Exodus 26:33,34 And you shall hang up the veil under the clasps, that you may bring in thither within the veil the ark of the testimony...

Exodus 32:15 And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand...

to give

Psalm 66:13-16 I will go into your house with burnt offerings: I will pay you my vows...

Psalm 107:1-3 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever...

Psalm 116:17-19 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call on the name of the LORD...

Psalm 118:19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the LORD:

August the Eighteenth the Church of the Firstborn
"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem." --PSALM cxxii. And my Jerusalem is "the church of the living God." Do I carry her on my heart? Do I praise God for her heritage, and for her endowment of spiritual glory? And do I remember her perils, especially those parts of her walls where the defences are very thin, and can be easily broken through? Yes, has my Church any place in my prayer, or am I robbing her of part of her intended possessions? And is the entire Jerusalem the subject of my supplication?
John Henry Jowett—My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year

Ps. cxxii. 7-9.
Ps. cxxii. 7-9. God in his temple let us meet: Low on our knees before Him bend, Here hath He fix'd his Mercy-seat, Here on his worship we attend. Arise into thy resting-place, Thou, and thine ark of strength, O Lord! Shine through the veil, we seek Thy face; Speak, for we hearken to Thy word. With righteousness Thy priests array; Joyful Thy chosen people be; Let those who teach, and hear, and pray, Let all be Holiness to Thee!
James Montgomery—Sacred Poems and Hymns

Cross References
Exodus 23:17
"Three times a year all the men are to appear before the Sovereign LORD.

Deuteronomy 16:16
Three times a year all your men must appear before the LORD your God at the place he will choose: at the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Weeks and the Festival of Tabernacles. No one should appear before the LORD empty-handed:

Psalm 84:5
Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.

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