Psalms 129 :1

Psalms 129 :1 Translations

American King James Version (AKJV)

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

King James Version (KJV)

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

American Standard Version (ASV)

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

Basic English Translation (BBE)

<A Song of the going up.> Great have been my troubles from the time when I was young (let Israel now say);

Webster's Revision

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

World English Bible

Many times they have afflicted me from my youth up. Let Israel now say,

English Revised Version (ERV)

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

Definitions for Psalms 129 :1

Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 129 :1

Many a time have they afflicted me - The Israelites had been generally in affliction or captivity from the earliest part of their history, here called their youth. So Hosea 2:15 : "She shall sing as in the days of her youth, when she came up out of the land of Egypt." See Jeremiah 2:2, and Ezekiel 16:4, etc.

Barnes' Commentary on Psalms 129 :1

Many a time - Margin, as in Hebrew, "much." Probably, however, the idea is, as expressed in our translation, "many a time;" "often." So it is in the Latin Vulgate and the Septuagint; and this accords better with the connection.

Have they afflicted me from my youth - Have I been afflicted; have others dealt unjustly by me. The youth here is the beginning. of the history of that people: since we began to be a people; since the nation was founded.

May Israel now say - May the nation now say. It is clear from this that the psalm was not written at an early period of their history.

Wesley's Commentary on Psalms 129 :1

129:1 From my youth - From the time that I was a people.
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