Psalm 120:1
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New International Version
A song of ascents. I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me.

New Living Translation
A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. I took my troubles to the LORD; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer.

English Standard Version
A Song of Ascents. In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me.

New American Standard Bible
A Song of Ascents. In my trouble I cried to the LORD, And He answered me.

King James Bible
A Song of degrees. In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A song of ascents. In my distress I called to the LORD, and He answered me."

International Standard Version
I cried to the LORD in my distress, and he responded to me.

NET Bible
A song of ascents. In my distress I cried out to the LORD and he answered me.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
To Lord Jehovah in my suffering I cried, and he answered me!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[A song for going up to worship.] When I was in trouble, I cried out to the LORD, and he answered me.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A Song of Ascents. In my distress I called unto the LORD, And He answered me.

New American Standard 1977
In my trouble I cried to the LORD,
            And He answered me.

Jubilee Bible 2000
In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he answered me.

King James 2000 Bible
In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.

American King James Version
In my distress I cried to the LORD, and he heard me.

American Standard Version
In my distress I cried unto Jehovah, And he answered me.

Douay-Rheims Bible
In my trouble I cried to the Lord: and he heard me.

Darby Bible Translation
{A Song of degrees.} In my trouble I called unto Jehovah, and he answered me.

English Revised Version
A Song of Ascents. In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he answered me.

Webster's Bible Translation
A Song of degrees. In my distress I cried to the LORD, and he heard me.

World English Bible
In my distress, I cried to Yahweh. He answered me.

Young's Literal Translation
A Song of the Ascents. Unto Jehovah in my distress I have called, And He answereth me.
Study Bible
In My Distress, I Cried to the Lord
1A Song of Ascents. In my trouble I cried to the LORD, And He answered me. 2Deliver my soul, O LORD, from lying lips, From a deceitful tongue.…
Word Study

A Song
shiyr  (sheer)
a song; abstractly, singing -- musical(-ick), sing(-er, -ing), song.

of degrees
ma`alah  (mah-al-aw')
elevation, i.e. the act; specifically a climactic progression (in certain Psalms) -- things that come up, (high) degree, deal, go up, stair, step, story.

In my distress
tsarah  (tsaw-raw')
tightness (i.e. figuratively, trouble); transitively, a female rival -- adversary, adversity, affliction, anguish, distress, tribulation, trouble.

I cried
qara'  (kaw-raw')
to call out to (i.e. properly, address by name, but used in a wide variety of applications)

unto the LORD
Yhovah  (yeh-ho-vaw')
(the) self-Existent or Eternal; Jehovah, Jewish national name of God -- Jehovah, the Lord.

and he heard
`anah  (aw-naw')
to eye or (generally) to heed, i.e. pay attention; by implication, to respond; by extens. to begin to speak; specifically to sing, shout, testify, announce

Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
120:1-4 The psalmist was brought into great distress by a deceitful tongue. May every good man be delivered from lying lips. They forged false charges against him. In this distress, he sought God by fervent prayer. God can bridle their tongues. He obtained a gracious answer to this prayer. Surely sinners durst not act as they do, if they knew, and would be persuaded to think, what will be in the end thereof. The terrors of the Lord are his arrows; and his wrath is compared to burning coals of juniper, which have a fierce heat, and keep fire very long. This is the portion of the false tongue; for all that love and make a lie, shall have their portion in the lake that burns eternally.
Cross References
Exodus 34:24
"For I will drive out nations before you and enlarge your borders, and no man shall covet your land when you go up three times a year to appear before the LORD your God.

2 Samuel 22:7
"In my distress I called upon the LORD, Yes, I cried to my God; And from His temple He heard my voice, And my cry for help came into His ears.

1 Kings 12:27
"If this people go up to offer sacrifices in the house of the LORD at Jerusalem, then the heart of this people will return to their lord, even to Rehoboam king of Judah; and they will kill me and return to Rehoboam king of Judah."

2 Chronicles 33:12
When he was in distress, he entreated the LORD his God and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers.

Psalm 18:6
In my distress I called upon the LORD, And cried to my God for help; He heard my voice out of His temple, And my cry for help before Him came into His ears.

Psalm 22:21
Save me from the lion's mouth; From the horns of the wild oxen You answer me.

Psalm 66:14
Which my lips uttered And my mouth spoke when I was in distress.

Psalm 102:2
Do not hide Your face from me in the day of my distress; Incline Your ear to me; In the day when I call answer me quickly.

Psalm 118:5
From my distress I called upon the LORD; The LORD answered me and set me in a large place.

Jonah 2:2
and he said, "I called out of my distress to the LORD, And He answered me. I cried for help from the depth of Sheol; You heard my voice.
Treasury of Scripture

In my distress I cried to the LORD, and he heard me.

Title - A Song of Degrees. Bp. Patrick and others suppose this Psalm to have been composed by David, when the calumnies of Doeg and others forced him to flee his country.

Psalm 121:1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from where comes my help.

Psalm 122:1 I was glad when they said to me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.

Psalm 123:1 To you lift I up my eyes, O you that dwell in the heavens.

Psalm 124:1 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say;

Psalm 125:1 They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot …

Psalm 126:1 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

Psalm 127:1 Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: …

Psalm 128:1 Blessed is every one that fears the LORD; that walks in his ways.

Psalm 129:1 Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say:

Psalm 130:1 Out of the depths have I cried to you, O LORD.

Psalm 131:1 Lord, my heart is not haughty, nor my eyes lofty: neither do I exercise …

Psalm 132:1 Lord, remember David, and all his afflictions:

Psalm 133:1 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity!

Psalm 134:1 Behold, bless you the LORD, all you servants of the LORD, which by …

my distress

Psalm 18:6 In my distress I called on the LORD, and cried to my God: he heard …

Psalm 30:7,8 LORD, by your favor you have made my mountain to stand strong: you …

Psalm 50:15 And call on me in the day of trouble: I will deliver you, and you …

Psalm 107:13 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them out …

Psalm 116:3,4 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell got hold …

Psalm 118:5 I called on the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me …

Isaiah 37:3,4,14 And they said to him, Thus said Hezekiah, This day is a day of trouble, …

Isaiah 38:2-5 Then Hezekiah turned his face toward the wall, and prayed to the LORD…

Jonah 2:2 And said, I cried by reason of my affliction to the LORD, and he …

Luke 22:44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was …

Hebrews 5:7 Who in the days of his flesh…

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