The Psalms

Psalm 123

The godly profess their confidence in God, 1, 2; and pray to be delivered from contempt, 3, 4.

1 [A Song of Degrees.]

I raise my eyes to you,/
O you who dwell in the heavens.

Behold, as the eyes of servants/
look to the hand of their masters,/
and as the eyes of a woman-servant/
to the hand of her mistress,/
so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God/
until he has mercy upon us.

Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us,/
for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.

Our soul is exceedingly filled/
with the scorning of those who are at ease/
and with the contempt of the proud.


Matthew Henry Commentary - Psalms, Chapter 123[➚]


John Calvin's Chapter Summary:

In this Psalm, the faithful oppressed with the cruel tyranny of their enemies, beseech God to deliver them, there being no other source of hope left for them except in his protection.