Psalm 125:3
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New International Version
The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil.

King James Bible
For the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.

Darby Bible Translation
For the sceptre of wickedness shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous; lest the righteous put forth their hands unto iniquity.

World English Bible
For the scepter of wickedness won't remain over the allotment of the righteous; so that the righteous won't use their hands to do evil.

Young's Literal Translation
For the rod of wickedness resteth not On the lot of the righteous, That the righteous put not forth on iniquity their hands.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

For the rod of the worked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous - Rod, here. may be taken for persecution, or for rule; and then it may be thus interpreted: "The wicked shall not be permitted to persecute always, nor to have a permanent rule." In our liturgic version this clause is thus rendered: "The rod of the ungodly cometh not into the lot of the righteous." "This," said one of our forefathers, "is neither truth nor scripture. First, it is not truth; for the rod of the wicked doth come into the inheritance of the righteous, and that often. Secondly, it is not scripture, for the text saith, 'The rod of the wicked shall not rest there.' It may come, and stay for a time; but it shall not be permitted to abide." This is only one, and not the worst, of the many sad blemishes which deform the Version in our national Prayer-book. In short, the Version of the Psalms in that book is wholly unworthy of regard; and should be thrown aside, and that in the authorized Version in the Bible substituted for it. The people of God are misled by it; and they are confounded with the great and glaring differences they find between it and what they findd in their Bibles, where they have a version of a much better character, delivered to them by the authority of Church and state. Why do not our present excellent and learned prelates lay this to heart, and take away this sore stumbling-block out of the way of the people? I have referred to this subject in the introduction to the Book of Psalms.

Lest the righteous put forth - Were the wicked to bear rule in the Lord's vineyard, religion would soon become extinct; for the great mass of the people would conform to their rulers. Fear not your enemies, while ye fear God. Neither Sanballat, nor Tobiah, nor Geshem, nor any of God's foes, shall be able to set up their rod, their power and authority, here. While you are faithful, the Lord will laugh them to scorn.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

the rod

Psalm 103:9,14 He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever...

Proverbs 22:8 He that sows iniquity shall reap vanity: and the rod of his anger shall fail.

Isaiah 10:5 O Assyrian, the rod of my anger, and the staff in their hand is my indignation.

Isaiah 14:5,6 The LORD has broken the staff of the wicked, and the scepter of the rulers...

Isaiah 27:8 In measure, when it shoots forth, you will debate with it: he stays his rough wind in the day of the east wind.

1 Corinthians 10:13 There has no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful...

Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that you may be tried...

the wicked. Heb. wickedness

Mountains Round Mount Zion
'They that trust in the Lord shall be as Mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. 2. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about His people from henceforth, even for ever.'--PSALM cxxv. 1, 2. The so-called 'Songs of Degrees,' of which this psalm is one, are probably a pilgrim's song-book, and possibly date from the period of the restoration of Israel from the Babylonish captivity. In any case, this little psalm looks very much like a record of the impression
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Before the Sanhedrin
It was the cross, that instrument of shame and torture, which brought hope and salvation to the world. The disciples were but humble men, without wealth, and with no weapon but the word of God; yet in Christ's strength they went forth to tell the wonderful story of the manger and the cross, and to triumph over all opposition. Without earthly honor or recognition, they were heroes of faith. From their lips came words of divine eloquence that shook the world. In Jerusalem, where the deepest prejudice
Ellen Gould White—The Acts of the Apostles

Cross References
Acts 12:1
It was about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them.

1 Samuel 24:10
This day you have seen with your own eyes how the LORD delivered you into my hands in the cave. Some urged me to kill you, but I spared you; I said, 'I will not lay my hand on my lord, because he is the LORD's anointed.'

Psalm 16:5
LORD, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure.

Psalm 55:20
My companion attacks his friends; he violates his covenant.

Psalm 89:22
The enemy will not get the better of him; the wicked will not oppress him.

Proverbs 22:8
Whoever sows injustice reaps calamity, and the rod they wield in fury will be broken.

Isaiah 14:5
The LORD has broken the rod of the wicked, the scepter of the rulers,

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