Amplified Bible

Psalm 120

Prayer for Breaking Away from the Treacherous.

A Song of [a]Ascents.

1In my trouble I cried to the Lord,
And He answered me.

Rescue my soul, O Lord, from lying lips,
And from a deceitful tongue.

What shall be given to you, and what more shall be done to you,
You deceitful tongue?—

Sharp arrows of the warrior,
With the [b]burning coals of the broom tree.


Woe to me, for I sojourn in Meshech,
and I live among the tents of Kedar [among hostile people]!

Too long my soul has had its dwelling
With those who hate peace.

I am for peace, but when I speak,
They are for war.

Notas al pie

  1. Psalm 120:1 It is possible that the fifteen psalms (chs 120-134) known as the “Songs of Degrees or Ascents” were sung by the caravans of pilgrims going up to attend the annual feasts at Jerusalem. But it is equally possible that the title has reference to some peculiarity in connection with the music or the manner of using it.
  2. Psalm 120:4 The ancient rabbis explained that coals from a broom tree are unusual in that they continue burning on the inside even after they are extinguished on the outside. They compared this to a person who listens to slander: even if you try to persuade him otherwise and he seems to be convinced, he is still “burning” on the inside, i.e. still unconvinced.

Chinese Contemporary Bible (Traditional)

詩篇 120

祈求上帝幫助

上聖殿朝聖之詩。

1我在患難中向耶和華禱告,
祂就應允了我。
耶和華啊,
求你救我遠離虛謊詭詐之徒。
詭詐之徒啊!
你會受到怎樣的懲罰呢?
你會有什麼下場呢?
等待你的是勇士的利箭和炙熱的炭火。
我寄居在米設和基達的人當中有禍了!
我住在憎惡和平的人當中太久了。
我愛和平,
但我倡導和平的時候,
他們卻要戰爭。