Psalm 120:1
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English Standard Version
In my distress I called 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.

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.

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The eightfold Tav. May God answer this his supplication as He has heard his praise, and interest Himself on behalf of His servant, the sheep that is exposed to great danger. The petitions "give me understanding" and "deliver me" go hand-in-hand, because the poet is one who is persecuted for the sake of his faith, and is just as much in need of the fortifying of his faith as of deliverance from the outward restraint that is put upon him. רנּה is a shrill audible prayer; תּחנּה, a fervent and urgent prayer. ענה, prop. to answer, signifies in Psalm 119:172 to begin, strike up, attune (as does ἀποκρίνεσθαι also sometimes). According to the rule in Psalm 50:23 the poet bases his petition for help upon the purpose of thankful praise of God and of His word. Knowing how to value rightly what he possesses, he is warranted in further supplicating and hoping for the good that he does not as yet possess. The "salvation" for which he longs (תּאב as in Psalm 119:40, Psalm 119:20) is redemption from the evil world, in which the life of his own soul is imperilled. May then God's judgments (defective plural, as in Psalm 119:43, Psalm 119:149, which the Syriac only takes a singular) succour him (יעזּרני, not יעזרני). God's hand, Psalm 119:173, and God's word afford him succour; the two are involved in one another, the word is the medium of His hand. After this relationship of the poet to God's word, which is attested a hundredfold in the Psalm, it may seem strange that he can say of himself תּעיתי כּשׂה אבד; and perhaps the accentuation is correct when it does not allow itself to be determined by Isaiah 53:6, but interprets: If I have gone astray - seek Thou like a lost sheep Thy servant. שׂה אבד is a sheep that is lost (cf. אבדים as an appellation of the dispersion, Isaiah 27:13) and in imminent danger of total destruction (cf. Psalm 31:13 with Leviticus 26:38). In connection with that interpretation which is followed by the interpunction, Psalm 119:176 is also more easily connected with what precedes: his going astray is no apostasy; his home, to which he longs to return when he has been betrayed into by-ways, is beside the Lord.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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 be removed, but stays for ever.

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: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman wakes but in vain.

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 myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.

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 night stand in the house of the LORD.

my distress

Psalm 18:6 In my distress I called on the LORD, and cried to my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him...

Psalm 30:7,8 LORD, by your favor you have made my mountain to stand strong: you did hide your face, and I was troubled...

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

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

Psalm 116:3,4 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell got hold on me: I found trouble and sorrow...

Psalm 118:5 I called on the LORD in distress: the LORD answered me, and set me in a large place.

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

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 heard me; out of the belly of hell cried I, and you heard my voice.

Luke 22:44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly: and his sweat was as it were great drops of blood falling down to the ground.

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

Cross References
Exodus 34:24
For I will cast out nations before you and enlarge your borders; no one shall covet your land, when you go up to appear before the LORD your God three times in the year.

2 Samuel 22:7
"In my distress I called upon the LORD; to my God I called. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry came to his ears.

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

2 Chronicles 33:12
And when he was in distress, he entreated the favor of 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; to my God I cried for help. From his temple he heard my voice, and my cry to him reached his ears.

Psalm 22:21
Save me from the mouth of the lion! You have rescued me from the horns of the wild oxen!

Psalm 66:14
that which my lips uttered and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.

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