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Psalms 129:1

    Psalms 129:1 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

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

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    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

    Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth up, Let 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;

    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' Notes 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 Notes on Psalms 129:1

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