The joyful can appreciate more fully the contrast of their condition to that of the undelivered, and for their sake cannot fail to be anxious for the church through whose ministry their deliverance comes. While they eventually succeeded in rebuilding the temple, their temple was a pale substitute for the grand Solomon’s Temple. Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. May the Lord hasten it in his own time. 1999. Let them say to Him, in the language of humble dependence, “Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south.” Thou art to the soul like rain and fountains to the fields. Nehemiah 2:5-11. Verse 4. BibliographyClarke, Adam. Psalms 126:4. "Commentary on Psalms 126:4". (Comp. Like mighty torrents shall the nations flow unto the Lord in the day of his grace. They had to rebuild the city from scratch, beginning with the walls to protect them from hostile neighbors. So the poet prays that torrents of the returned may pour into the desolate and deserted country. and our tongue with singing. Used by Permission. So, the prayer is, let thy people return joyfully to their fatherland. south. The LXX. BibliographyBarnes, Albert. Commentary on Psalm 126:4-6 (Read Psalm 126:4-6) The beginnings of mercies encourage us to pray for the completion of them. Let those that remain in Babylon have their hearts stirred up, as ours were, to take the benefit of the liberty granted. Suffering saints are often in tears; they share the calamities of human life, and commonly have a greater share than others. This may very well be considered as a petition; either for the coming of the Redeemer, and redemption by him from the captivity of sin and Satan, and the law; or for the conversion of the Jews in the latter day. Turn — As thou hast brought us home, bring also the rest of our brethren. 1874-1909. Therefore, the RSV would appear to be correct in reading the expression, "Restore our fortunes, O Lord." The paragraphing of the composition was understood by Spurgeon as: "(1) a narrative (Psalms 126:1-2); (2) a song (Psalms 126:3); (3) a prayer (Psalms 126:4); and (4) a promise (Psalms 126:5-6).". A Song of Degrees. They have got a handhold by this experiment of his power and mercy, and they will not now let him go till they have more; yea, their hope is raised to such a pitch of confidence, that they draw a general conclusion from this particular experience for the comfort of themselves or others in any future distress: "They that sow in tears shall reap in joy", etc., Psalms 126:5-6 . Bibliography InformationCoffman, James Burton. It is sometimes used for the joyful shouts of a victory celebration. "Commentary on Psalms 126:4". BibliographyExell, Joseph S. "Commentary on "Psalms 126:4". The Negev experienced something of that sort. This Negeb, or South Country, the region stretching below Hebron, being comparatively dry and without water, was doubtless irrigated by a system of small artificial channels. "Commentary on Psalms 126:4". BibliographyCalvin, John. “Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing” (Hebrew: renanah) (v. 2a). (Psalms 126:5). As the streams in the south. Hebrew Negeb; the hill-country of Judaea. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/psalms-126.html. They remembered how wonderful it was and how free they had been there. ", Thus, as Kidner noted, "The psalm, speaking first to its own times, speaks still. de Synag. cap. Here, O disciple of Jesus, behold an emblem of thy present labour and future reward; the day is coming when thou shalt reap in joy, plentiful shall be thy harvest, and great shall be thy joy in the Lord. --Matthew Henry. When we mourn for our sins, or suffer for Christ's sake, we are sowing in tears, to reap in joy. No! “Restore (Hebrew: sub) our fortunes (Hebrew: s e but) again, Yahweh” (v. 4a). The text shows us how wise it is to resort anew to the Lord, who in former times has been so good to us. The word sub has a number of meanings: Turn, … The occasion for the psalm is likewise impossible to identify with any certainty. Or, that we may refresh and cultivate thy holy land, as the rivers of the south gladden, fructify, and replenish their dry and thirsty soil.