Psalm 129:1
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New International Version
A song of ascents. "They have greatly oppressed me from my youth," let Israel say;

King James Bible
A Song of degrees. Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say:

Darby Bible Translation
{A Song of degrees.} Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth -- oh let Israel say --

World English Bible
Many times they have afflicted me from my youth up. Let Israel now say,

Young's Literal Translation
A Song of the Ascents. Often they distressed me from my youth, Pray, let Israel say:

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Many a time have they afflicted me - The Israelites had been generally in affliction or captivity from the earliest part of their history, here called their youth. So Hosea 2:15 : "She shall sing as in the days of her youth, when she came up out of the land of Egypt." See Jeremiah 2:2, and Ezekiel 16:4, etc.

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3470. B.C.

534. A song of degrees. This Psalm was most probably composed in consequence of the opposition of the Samaritans.

Ezra 4:1 Now when the adversaries of Judah and Benjamin heard that the children of the captivity built the temple to the LORD God of Israel;

Psalm 120:1 In my distress I cried to the LORD, and he heard me.

Psalm 121:1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from where comes my help.

Psalm 122:1 I was glad when they said to me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.

Psalm 123:1 To you lift I up my eyes, O you that dwell in the heavens.

Psalm 124:1 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say;

Psalm 125:1 They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but stays for ever.

Psalm 126:1 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

Psalm 127:1 Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman wakes but in vain.

Psalm 128:1 Blessed is every one that fears the LORD; that walks in his ways.

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Exodus 1:12-14,22 But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel...

Exodus 5:7-19 You shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves...

Judges 2:15 Wherever they went out, the hand of the LORD was against them for evil, as the LORD had said, and as the LORD had sworn to them...

Judges 10:8-12 And that year they vexed and oppressed the children of Israel: eighteen years...

1 Samuel 13:19 Now there was no smith found throughout all the land of Israel: for the Philistines said, Lest the Hebrews make them swords or spears:

Lamentations 1:3 Judah is gone into captivity because of affliction, and because of great servitude: she dwells among the heathen, she finds no rest...


Jeremiah 2:2 Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus said the LORD; I remember you, the kindness of your youth, the love of your espousals...

Ezekiel 23:3 And they committed prostitutions in Egypt; they committed prostitutions in their youth: there were their breasts pressed...

Hosea 2:15 And I will give her her vineyards from there, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there...

Hosea 11:1 When Israel was a child, then I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt.


Psalm 124:1 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say;

Voluntary Suffering
I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. T hat which often passes amongst men for resolution, and the proof of a noble, courageous spirit, is, in reality, the effect of a weak and little mind. At least, it is chiefly owing to the presence of certain circumstances, which have a greater influence upon the conduct, than any inherent principle. Thus may persons who appear to set death and danger at defiance in the hour
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1

Cross References
Exodus 1:11
So they put slave masters over them to oppress them with forced labor, and they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh.

Judges 3:8
The anger of the LORD burned against Israel so that he sold them into the hands of Cushan-Rishathaim king of Aram Naharaim, to whom the Israelites were subject for eight years.

Psalm 88:15
From my youth I have suffered and been close to death; I have borne your terrors and am in despair.

Psalm 124:1
A song of ascents. Of David. If the LORD had not been on our side-- let Israel say--

Isaiah 47:12
"Keep on, then, with your magic spells and with your many sorceries, which you have labored at since childhood. Perhaps you will succeed, perhaps you will cause terror.

Jeremiah 2:2
"Go and proclaim in the hearing of Jerusalem: "This is what the LORD says: "'I remember the devotion of your youth, how as a bride you loved me and followed me through the wilderness, through a land not sown.

Jeremiah 22:21
I warned you when you felt secure, but you said, 'I will not listen!' This has been your way from your youth; you have not obeyed me.

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