Psalm 129:1
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New American Standard Bible
A Song of Ascents. "Many times they have persecuted me from my youth up," Let Israel now say,

King James Bible
A Song of degrees. Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say:

Darby Bible Translation
{A Song of degrees.} Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth oh let Israel say --

World English Bible
Many times they have afflicted me from my youth up. Let Israel now say,

Young's Literal Translation
A Song of the Ascents. Often they distressed me from my youth, Pray, let Israel say:

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Many a time - Margin, as in Hebrew, "much." Probably, however, the idea is, as expressed in our translation, "many a time;" "often." So it is in the Latin Vulgate and the Septuagint; and this accords better with the connection.

Have they afflicted me from my youth - Have I been afflicted; have others dealt unjustly by me. The youth here is the beginning. of the history of that people: since we began to be a people; since the nation was founded.

May Israel now say - May the nation now say. It is clear from this that the psalm was not written at an early period of their history.

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The piety of the Old Testament Church is reflected with more clearness and variety in the Psalter than in any other book of the Old Testament. It constitutes the response of the Church to the divine demands of prophecy, and, in a less degree, of law; or, rather, it expresses those emotions and aspirations of the universal heart which lie deeper than any formal demand. It is the speech of the soul face to face with God. Its words are as simple and unaffected as human words can be, for it is the genius
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Exodus 1:11
So they appointed taskmasters over them to afflict them with hard labor. And they built for Pharaoh storage cities, Pithom and Raamses.

Judges 3:8
Then the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel, so that He sold them into the hands of Cushan-rishathaim king of Mesopotamia; and the sons of Israel served Cushan-rishathaim eight years.

Psalm 88:15
I was afflicted and about to die from my youth on; I suffer Your terrors; I am overcome.

Psalm 124:1
A Song of Ascents, of David. "Had it not been the LORD who was on our side," Let Israel now say,

Isaiah 47:12
"Stand fast now in your spells And in your many sorceries With which you have labored from your youth; Perhaps you will be able to profit, Perhaps you may cause trembling.

Jeremiah 2:2
"Go and proclaim in the ears of Jerusalem, saying, 'Thus says the LORD, "I remember concerning you the devotion of your youth, The love of your betrothals, Your following after Me in the wilderness, Through a land not sown.

Jeremiah 22:21
"I spoke to you in your prosperity; But you said, 'I will not listen!' This has been your practice from your youth, That you have not obeyed My voice.

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