The Psalms

Psalm 125

The safety of those who trust in God, 1-3. A prayer for the godly and against the wicked, 4, 5.

1 [A Song of Degrees.]

Those who trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion,/
which cannot be moved, but abides forever.

As the mountains are around Jerusalem,/
so the LORD is around his people/
from now on even forever.

For the rod of the wicked shall not rest/
upon the lot of the righteous,/
lest the righteous put forth their hands to iniquity.

Do good, O LORD, to those who are good/
and to those who are upright in their hearts.

As for those who turn aside to their crooked ways,/
the LORD shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity,/
but peace shall be upon Israel.


Matthew Henry Commentary - Psalms, Chapter 125[➚]


John Calvin's Chapter Summary:

As the faithful being mingled in this world with the ungodly seem to be exposed to all the ills of life in the same manner as other people, the Prophet, comparing them to Jerusalem, shows that they are defended by an invincible bulwark. And if God at any time suffer them to be plagued by the malice of the wicked, he exhorts them to be of good hope. He however at the same time distinguishes between true and false Israelites, that hypocrites may not apply to themselves what is here said concerning the safety of the righteous.