Psalm 122:4
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New International Version
That is where the tribes go up-- the tribes of the LORD-- to praise the name of the LORD according to the statute given to Israel.

New Living Translation
All the tribes of Israel--the LORD's people--make their pilgrimage here. They come to give thanks to the name of the LORD, as the law requires of Israel.

English Standard Version
to which the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, as was decreed for Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
To which the tribes go up, even the tribes of the LORD-- An ordinance for Israel-- To give thanks to the name of the LORD.

King James Bible
Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
where the tribes, Yahweh's tribes, go up to give thanks to the name of Yahweh. (This is an ordinance for Israel.)

International Standard Version
To it the tribes ascend— the tribes of the LORD— as decreed to Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD.

NET Bible
The tribes go up there, the tribes of the LORD, where it is required that Israel give thanks to the name of the LORD.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
There went up the tribes, the tribes of Lord Jehovah, a testimony to Israel.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
All of the LORD's tribes go to that city because it is a law in Israel to give thanks to the name of the LORD.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Because the tribes went up there, the tribes of JAH, the testimony to Israel, to praise the name of the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
Where the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD.

American King James Version
Where the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, to the testimony of Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD.

American Standard Version
Whither the tribes go up, even the tribes of Jehovah, For an ordinance for Israel, To give thanks unto the name of Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For thither did the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord: the testimony of Israel, to praise the name of the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of Jah, a testimony to Israel, to give thanks unto the name of Jehovah.

English Revised Version
Whither the tribes go up, even the tribes of the LORD for a testimony unto Israel, to give thanks into the name of the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, to the testimony of Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD.

World English Bible
where the tribes go up, even Yah's tribes, according to an ordinance for Israel, to give thanks to the name of Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
For thither have tribes gone up, Tribes of Jah, companies of Israel, To give thanks to the name of Jehovah.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

122:1-5 The pleasure and profit from means of grace, should make us disregard trouble and fatigue in going to them; and we should quicken one another to what is good. We should desire our Christian friends, when they have any good work in hand, to call for us, and take us with them. With what readiness should we think of the heavenly Jerusalem! How cheerfully should we bear the cross and welcome death, in hopes of a crown of glory! Jerusalem is called the beautiful city. It was a type of the gospel church, which is compact together in holy love and Christian communion, so that it is all as one city. If all the disciples of Christ were of one mind, and kept the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace, their enemies would be deprived of their chief advantages against them. But Satan's maxim always has been, to divide that he may conquer; and few Christians are sufficiently aware of his designs.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 4. - Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord. This points to a time before the dispersion of "the tribes," which rendered such regular "going up" impossible. Unto the testimony of Israel; rather, as a testimony unto Israel - a witness to the whole nation that all Israelites had covenant privileges at Jerusalem. To give thanks unto the Name of the Lord. The three great feasts whereto Israel was bound to "go up" were all of them seasons of thanksgiving.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord,.... The twelve tribes of Israel; the males of them went up three times a year to Jerusalem to worship, at the feasts of passover, pentecost, and tabernacles; and was typical of the church of Christ, where the worship of God is carried on, his word preached, and ordinances administered; and whither saints go and attend for their own profit and the glory of God; this is the city of our solemnities, Isaiah 33:20;

unto the testimony of Israel; the ark of the testimony a symbol of the divine Presence. The law is called a testimony, because it testified the will of God to be done; this was put into an ark, which had its name from thence, and was typical of Christ, the end of the law for righteousness; and over the ark was the divine Presence: hither the tribes came to worship God, and to consult him;

"who (the Targum here says) testifies to Israel, that his divine Majesty dwells among them, when they go to confess unto the name of the Lord.''

The Gospel is called the testimony of Christ; and it is what testifies concerning his person, office, and grace, unto the Israel of God; and who go up to the house of God in order to hear it;

to give thanks unto the name of the Lord; for all his mercies and blessings, both temporal and spiritual; and which should be acknowledged, not only in a private manner, but publicly in the house of God; see Psalm 100:4.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

4. testimony—If "unto" is supplied, this may denote the ark (Ex 25:10-21); otherwise the act of going is denoted, called a testimony in allusion to the requisition (De 16:16), with which it was a compliance.

Psalm 122:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Let Us Go to the Lord's House!
3Jerusalem, that is built As a city that is compact together; 4To which the tribes go up, even the tribes of the LORD-- An ordinance for Israel-- To give thanks to the name of the LORD. 5For there thrones were set for judgment, The thrones of the house of David.…
Cross References
Exodus 23:17
"Three times a year all the men are to appear before the Sovereign LORD.

Deuteronomy 16:16
Three times a year all your men must appear before the LORD your God at the place he will choose: at the Festival of Unleavened Bread, the Festival of Weeks and the Festival of Tabernacles. No one should appear before the LORD empty-handed:

Psalm 84:5
Blessed are those whose strength is in you, whose hearts are set on pilgrimage.
Treasury of Scripture

Where the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, to the testimony of Israel, to give thanks to the name of the LORD.

whither

Psalm 78:68 But chose the tribe of Judah, the mount Zion which he loved.

Psalm 132:13 For the LORD has chosen Zion; he has desired it for his habitation.

Exodus 23:17 Three items in the year all your males shall appear before the LORD God.

Exodus 34:23,24 Thrice in the year shall all your male children appear before the …

Deuteronomy 12:5,11 But to the place which the LORD your God shall choose out of all …

Deuteronomy 16:16 Three times in a year shall all your males appear before the LORD …

the testimony

Exodus 16:34 As the LORD commanded Moses, so Aaron laid it up before the Testimony, …

Exodus 26:33,34 And you shall hang up the veil under the clasps, that you may bring …

Exodus 32:15 And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables …

to give

Psalm 66:13-16 I will go into your house with burnt offerings: I will pay you my vows…

Psalm 107:1-3 O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good: for his mercy endures for ever…

Psalm 116:17-19 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving, and will call …

Psalm 118:19 Open to me the gates of righteousness: I will go into them, and I …

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