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Psalms 120:1

    Psalms 120:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    In my distress I cried to the LORD, and he heard me.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    In my distress I cried unto Jehovah, And he answered me.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    <A Song of the going up.> In my trouble my cry went up to the Lord, and he gave me an answer.

    Webster's Revision

    In my distress I cried unto Jehovah, And he answered me.

    World English Bible

    In my distress, I cried to Yahweh. He answered me.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    A Song of Ascents. In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he answered me.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 120:1

    In my distress - Through the causes afterwards mentioned.

    I cried unto the Lord - Made strong supplication for help.

    And he heard one - Answered my prayer by comforting my soul.

    It appears to be a prayer of the captives in Babylon for complete liberty; or perhaps he recites the prayer the Israelites had made previously to their restoration.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 120:1

    In my distress - In my suffering, as arising from slander, Psalm 120:2-3. There are few forms of suffering more keen than those caused by slander:

    "Whose edge is sharper than the sword; whose tongue

    Outvenoms all the worms of Nile; whose breath

    Rides on the posting winds, and doth belie

    All corners of the world: kings, queens, and states,

    Maids, matrons, nay, the secrets of the grave

    This viperous slander enters."

    Cymbeline, iii.4.

    It is one of those things which a man cannot guard against; which he cannot repel by force; whose origin he cannot always trace; which will go where a vindication will not follow; whose effects will live long after the slander is refuted; which will adhere to a man, or leave a trait of suspicion, even after the most successful vindication, for the effect will be to make a second slander more easily credited than the first was.

    I cried unto the Lord, and he heard me - I had no other resource. I could not meet the slander. I could not refute it. I could not prevent its effects on my reputation, and all that I could do was to commit the case to the Lord. See the notes at Psalm 37:5-6.