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.

Het Boek

Psalmen 120

1Een bedevaartslied.

Toen ik in nood zat,
riep ik naar de Here
en Hij gaf mij antwoord.
Here,
neem mij in bescherming tegen de leugenaars!
Leugenaars,
wat denkt u van Hem te kunnen verwachten?
Pijlen van een scherpschutter
en brandend hout van de bremstruik.
Dat doet pijn.
Ik vind het zo erg
dat ik in een onbekend land moet verblijven
en moet wonen bij een ver en vreemd volk.
Ik woon al veel te lang tussen deze mensen
die zelfs vrede haten.
Zelf ben ik altijd op vrede uit,
maar als ik daarover spreek,
worden zij opstandig en willen zij vechten.