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Psalms 122:4

    Psalms 122:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Where the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, to the testimony of Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Whither the tribes go up, even the tribes of Jehovah, For an ordinance for Israel, To give thanks unto the name of Jehovah.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    To which the tribes went up, even the tribes of the Lord, for a witness to Israel, to give praise to the name of the Lord.

    Webster's Revision

    Whither the tribes go up, even the tribes of Jehovah, For an ordinance for Israel, To give thanks unto the name of Jehovah.

    World English Bible

    where the tribes go up, even Yah's tribes, according to an ordinance for Israel, to give thanks to the name of Yahweh.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Whither the tribes go up, even the tribes of the LORD for a testimony unto Israel, to give thanks into the name of the LORD.

    Definitions for Psalms 122:4

    Whither - Where; which place.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 122:4

    The testimony of Israel - There is the ark, where the presence of God is manifested; there is the holy of holies; and there all the tribes assembled to worship Jehovah. He no doubt alludes to the assembling of the tribes annually at each of the three grand national festivals.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 122:4

    Whither the tribes - The twelve tribes of the children of Israel.

    Go up - To the great feasts and festivals of the nation. See Exodus 23:17. This language of going up is such as would be used anywhere respecting the capital of a nation - as it is now of London; but it was literally true of Jerusalem, since it was elevated far above most parts of the land.

    The tribes of the Lord, unto the testimony of Israel - The "ark of testimony;" the ark within which were the tables of stone, containing the law considered as God's testimony or witnessing as to justice, right, equity, duty, truth. See Exodus 16:34; Exodus 25:16, Exodus 25:21; Exodus 40:3, Exodus 40:20; Exodus 30:6, Exodus 30:36; Exodus 31:18.

    To give thanks unto the name of the Lord - To worship Yahweh - the name often being put for the Being himself. A main part of Hebrew worship was praise, and hence, this is often put for the whole of worship.