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

New Living Translation
From my earliest youth my enemies have persecuted me. Let all Israel repeat this:

English Standard Version
“Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth”— let Israel now say—

Berean Study Bible
A song of ascents. Many a time they have persecuted me from my youth—let Israel now declare—

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

New King James Version
A Song of Ascents. “Many a time they have afflicted me from my youth,” Let Israel now say—

New American Standard Bible
A Song of Ascents. “Many times they have attacked me from my youth up,” Let Israel say,

NASB 1995
A Song of Ascents. “Many times they have persecuted me from my youth up,” Let Israel now say,

NASB 1977
“ Many times they have persecuted me from my youth up,” Let Israel now say,

Amplified Bible
A Song of Ascents. “Many times they have persecuted me (Israel) from my youth,” Let Israel now say,

Christian Standard Bible
A song of ascents. Since my youth they have often attacked me — let Israel say —

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A song of ascents. Since my youth they have often attacked me— let Israel say—

American Standard Version
Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth up, Let Israel now say,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Israel will say, "My torturers have increased from my youth!"

Brenton Septuagint Translation
A Song of Degrees. Many a time have they warred against me from my youth, let Israel now say:

Contemporary English Version
Since the time I was young, enemies have often attacked! Let everyone in Israel say:

Douay-Rheims Bible
Often have they fought against me from my youth, let Israel now say.

English Revised Version
A Song of Ascents. Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth up, let Israel now say;

Good News Translation
Israel, tell us how your enemies have persecuted you ever since you were young.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[A song for going up to worship.] "From the time I was young, people have attacked me..." (Israel should repeat this.)

International Standard Version
"Since my youth they have often persecuted me," let Israel repeat it,

JPS Tanakh 1917
A Song of Ascents. 'Much have they afflicted me from my youth up', Let Israel now say;

Literal Standard Version
A SONG OF THE ASCENTS. Often they distressed me from my youth, Pray, let Israel say:

NET Bible
A song of ascents. "Since my youth they have often attacked me," let Israel say.

New Heart English Bible
[A Song of Ascents.] Many times they have afflicted me from my youth up. Let Israel now 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:

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Cords of the Wicked
1A song of ascents. Many a time they have persecuted me from my youth— let Israel now declare— 2many a time they have persecuted me from my youth, but they have not prevailed against me.…

Cross References
Exodus 1:11
So the Egyptians appointed taskmasters over the Israelites to oppress them with forced labor. As a result, they built Pithom and Rameses as store cities for Pharaoh.

Judges 3:8
Then the anger of the LORD burned against Israel, and He sold them into the hand of Cushan-rishathaim king of Aram-naharaim, and the Israelites served him eight years.

Psalm 88:15
From my youth I was afflicted and near death. I have borne Your terrors; I am in despair.

Psalm 124:1
If the LORD had not been on our side--let Israel now declare--

Isaiah 47:12
So take your stand with your spells and with your many sorceries, with which you have wearied yourself from your youth. Perhaps you will succeed; perhaps you will inspire terror!

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

Jeremiah 22:21
I warned you when you were secure. You said, 'I will not listen.' This has been your way from youth, that you have not obeyed My voice.


Treasury of Scripture

Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say:

A.

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

Psalm 120:1
A Song of degrees. In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.

Psalm 121:1
A Song of degrees. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

many.

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
Ye shall no more give the people straw to make brick, as heretofore: let them go and gather straw for themselves…

Judges 2:15
Whithersoever they went out, the hand of the LORD was against them for evil, as the LORD had said, and as the LORD had sworn unto them: and they were greatly distressed.

from

Jeremiah 2:2
Go and cry in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, Thus saith the LORD; I remember thee, the kindness of thy youth, the love of thine espousals, when thou wentest after me in the wilderness, in a land that was not sown.

Ezekiel 23:3
And they committed whoredoms in Egypt; they committed whoredoms in their youth: there were their breasts pressed, and there they bruised the teats of their virginity.

Hosea 2:15
And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the valley of Achor for a door of hope: and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt.

may

Psalm 124:1
A Song of degrees of David. If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say;









(1) Many a time.--Or more literally, much. (See margin.)

From my youth.--Here, of course, not the youth of a person, but of the nation. The poet glances back even to the Egyptian bondage. (See Hosea 2:15, "as in the days of her youth, and as in the days when she came up out of the land of Egypt;" comp. Ezekiel 23:3; Jeremiah 2:2; Jeremiah 22:21, recalling all the long series of oppressions suffered by the race.)

May Israel now say.--There is in the original no adverb of time: "let Israel say."

Verse 1. - Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth. Israel's recollection is one of frequent, almost constant, "affliction." She has been downtrodden beneath the feet of Egyptians, Moabites, Mesopotamians, Canaanites, Ammonites, Philistines, Syrians. Assyrians, Babylonians. Her sufferings began in her extreme youth, as soon as she was a nation (Exodus 1:11-22). May Israel now say; rather, let Israel now say. The psalmist directs his countrymen to look back upon their past history.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
A Song
שִׁ֗יר (šîr)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7892: A song, singing

of Ascents.
הַֽמַּ֫עֲל֥וֹת (ham·ma·‘ă·lō·wṯ)
Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 4609: Elevation, the act, the condition, a climactic progression

Many a time
רַ֭בַּת (rab·baṯ)
Adjective - feminine singular construct
Strong's 7227: Much, many, great

they have persecuted me
צְרָר֣וּנִי (ṣə·rā·rū·nî)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural | first person common singular
Strong's 6887: To bind, tie up, be restricted, narrow, scant, or cramped

from my youth—
מִנְּעוּרַ֑י (min·nə·‘ū·ray)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common singular
Strong's 5271: Youth, the state, the persons

let Israel
יִשְׂרָאֵֽל׃ (yiś·rā·’êl)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3478: Israel -- 'God strives', another name of Jacob and his desc

now
נָ֝א (nā)
Interjection
Strong's 4994: I pray', 'now', 'then'

declare—
יֹֽאמַר־ (yō·mar-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 559: To utter, say


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