Psalm 125:2
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New International Version
As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore.

New Living Translation
Just as the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, both now and forever.

English Standard Version
As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, from this time forth and forevermore.

New American Standard Bible
As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the LORD surrounds His people From this time forth and forever.

King James Bible
As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Jerusalem--the mountains surround her. And the LORD surrounds His people, both now and forever.

International Standard Version
Just as mountains encircle Jerusalem, so the LORD encircles his people, from now to eternity.

NET Bible
As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people, now and forevermore.

New Heart English Bible
As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people from this time forth and forevermore.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Jerusalem, The mountains surround her, and Lord Jehovah surrounds his people from now and unto eternity!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[As] the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people now and forever.

JPS Tanakh 1917
As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, So the LORD is round about His people, From this time forth and for ever.

New American Standard 1977
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
            So the LORD surrounds His people
            From this time forth and forever.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from now on even for ever.

King James 2000 Bible
As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from this time forth even forever.

American King James Version
As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from now on even for ever.

American Standard Version
As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, So Jehovah is round about his people From this time forth and for evermore.

Douay-Rheims Bible
in Jerusalem. Mountains are round about it: so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth now and for ever.

Darby Bible Translation
Jerusalem! -- mountains are round about her, and Jehovah is round about his people, from henceforth and for evermore.

English Revised Version
As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people, from this time forth and for evermore.

Webster's Bible Translation
As the mountains are round Jerusalem, so the LORD is around his people from henceforth even for ever.

World English Bible
As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so Yahweh surrounds his people from this time forth and forevermore.

Young's Literal Translation
Jerusalem! mountains are round about her, And Jehovah is round about His people, From henceforth even unto the age.
Study Bible
The Lord Surrounds His People
1A Song of Ascents. Those who trust in the LORD Are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever. 2As the mountains surround Jerusalem, So the LORD surrounds His people From this time forth and forever. 3For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest upon the land of the righteous, So that the righteous will not put forth their hands to do wrong.…
Cross References
Psalm 121:8
The LORD will guard your going out and your coming in From this time forth and forever.

Psalm 139:5
You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me.

Isaiah 22:1
The oracle concerning the valley of vision. What is the matter with you now, that you have all gone up to the housetops?

Isaiah 33:20
Look upon Zion, the city of our appointed feasts; Your eyes will see Jerusalem, an undisturbed habitation, A tent which will not be folded; Its stakes will never be pulled up, Nor any of its cords be torn apart.

Jeremiah 21:13
"Behold, I am against you, O valley dweller, O rocky plain," declares the LORD, "You men who say, 'Who will come down against us? Or who will enter into our habitations?'

Ezekiel 21:20
"You shall mark a way for the sword to come to Rabbah of the sons of Ammon, and to Judah into fortified Jerusalem.

Zechariah 2:5
'For I,' declares the LORD, 'will be a wall of fire around her, and I will be the glory in her midst.'"
Treasury of Scripture

As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from now on even for ever.

as the mountains

Lamentations 4:12 The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world…

the Lord

Psalm 34:7 The angel of the LORD encamps round about them that fear him, and delivers them.

Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting …

Isaiah 4:5 And the LORD will create on every dwelling place of mount Zion, and …

Zechariah 2:5 For I, said the LORD, will be to her a wall of fire round about, …

John 10:28,29 And I give to them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither …

(2) As the mountains.--In the first verse, the stability of the faithful is compared to that of Mount Zion; here their security to that of the city girt by its hills. (On the geographical reference, see Dean Stanley, S. and P., pp. 174, 175.) Robinson's description is--"The sacred city lies upon the broad and high mountain range, which is shut in by the two valleys, Jehoshaphat and Hinnom. All the surrounding hills are higher: in the east, the Mount of Olives; on the south, the so-called Hill of Evil Counsel, which ascends from the valley of Hinnom; on the west, the ground rises gently to the border of the great wadi, as described above; while on the north the bend of a ridge which adjoins the Mount of Olives limits the view to the distance of about a mile and a half." In Zechariah 2:4-5, the protecting care of Jehovah is likened to a wall round the city, instead of to the rampart of mountains, as here.

Verse 2. - As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people. This is the true cause of his people's stability, which is like that of his holy mountain. The ubiquitous God stands round about his people, and protects them on every side. The mountains that am "round about Jerusalem" are, on the east, the Mount of Olives; on the south, the Hill of Evil Counsel; on the west, the ridge beyond the valley of Jehoshaphat; and on the north, the high ground about Scopas. All these are higher than the platform upon which the city is built. From henceforth even forever. Always round about his true people, though he may have to forsake those who have first forsaken him. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem,.... There was Mount Zion on the side of the north, and the mount of Olives on the east, and other mountains on the other sides of it; so that it was encompassed with them, and was naturally as well as artificially fortified. Tacitus (k) describes Jerusalem as inaccessible, walls and mountains, rocks and towers, surrounding it: and the poet Coerilus (l) makes mention of a people that spoke the Phoenician language, by whom he plainly means the Jews, ' , "that inhabited the mountains of Solyma"; which are spoken of by Homer (m), from whence, according to Tacitus (n), Jerusalem had its name: yet, as Kimchi observes, this did not hinder the enemy from taking it; wherefore the Lord is a greater security to his people;

so the Lord is round about his people, from henceforth even for ever; he encompasses them with his favour and lovingkindness as a shield; he encircles them in the arms of everlasting love; he guards them by his providence all around, and keeps a wakeful and watchful eye over them, that nothing hurts them: he keeps them, as in a garrison, by his almighty power: these are the walls that are around them, yea, he himself is a wall of fire about them, and the glory in the midst of them, Zechariah 2:5; and so he continues; he never leaves his people, nor forsakes them, but is their God and guide even unto death. The Targum is,

"the Word of the Lord is round about his people;''

Christ, the essential Word of God.

(k) Hist. l. 5. c. 11. (l) Apud Euseb. Praerar. Evangel. l. 9. c. 9. (m) Odyss. 5. v. 283. (n) Ut supra. (Hist. l. 5. c. 11.) 125:1-3 All those minds shall be truly stayed, that are stayed on God. They shall be as Mount Zion, firm as it is; a mountain supported by providence, much more as a holy mountain supported by promise. They cannot be removed from confidence in God. They abide for ever in that grace which is the earnest of their everlasting continuance in glory. Committing themselves to God, they shall be safe from their enemies. Even mountains may moulder and come to nothing, and rocks be removed, but God's covenant with his people cannot be broken, nor his care of them cease. Their troubles shall last no longer than their strength will bear them up under them. The rod of the wicked may come, may fall upon the righteous, upon their persons, their estates, their liberties, their families names, on any thing that falls to their lot; only it cannot reach their souls. And though it may come upon their lot, it shall not rest thereon. The Lord will make all work together for their good. The wicked shall only prove a correcting rod, not a destroying sword; even this rod shall not remain upon them, lest they distrust the promise, thinking God has cast them off.
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