Psalm 121:1
New International Version
A song of ascents. I lift up my eyes to the mountains-- where does my help come from?

New Living Translation
A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. I look up to the mountains--does my help come from there?

English Standard Version
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?

Berean Study Bible
A Song of Ascents. I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come?

New American Standard Bible
A Song of Ascents. I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come?

King James Bible
A Song of degrees. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help.

Christian Standard Bible
I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from?

Contemporary English Version
I look to the hills! Where will I find help?

Good News Translation
I look to the mountains; where will my help come from?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A song of ascents. I lift my eyes toward the mountains. Where will my help come from?

International Standard Version
I lift up my eyes toward the mountains— from where will my help come?

NET Bible
A song of ascents. I look up toward the hills. From where does my help come?

New Heart English Bible
[A Song of Ascents.] I will lift up my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I shall lift my eyes to the hills; from where will come my helper?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[A song for going up to worship.] I look up toward the mountains. Where can I find help?

JPS Tanakh 1917
A Song of Ascents. I will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains: From whence shall my help come?

New American Standard 1977
I Will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From whence shall my help come?

Jubilee Bible 2000
I will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains, from whence cometh my help.

King James 2000 Bible
I will lift up my eyes unto the hills, from which comes my help.

American King James Version
I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from where comes my help.

American Standard Version
I will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains: From whence shall my help come?

Douay-Rheims Bible
I have lifted up my eyes to the mountains, from whence help shall come to me.

Darby Bible Translation
{A Song of degrees.} I lift up mine eyes unto the mountains: whence shall my help come?

English Revised Version
A Song of Ascents. I will lift up mine eyes unto the mountains: from whence shall my help come?

Webster's Bible Translation
A Song of degrees. I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from whence cometh my help.

World English Bible
I will lift up my eyes to the hills. Where does my help come from?

Young's Literal Translation
A Song of the Ascents. I lift up mine eyes unto the hills, Whence doth my help come?
Study Bible HEB ▾ 
I Lift Up My Eyes to the Hills
1A Song of Ascents. I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? 2My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth.…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 20:12
O our God, will You not judge them? For we are powerless before this vast army that comes against us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon You."

Psalm 11:1
In the LORD I take refuge. So how can you say to me, "Flee to your mountain like a bird!

Psalm 87:1
His foundation is on the holy mountains.

Psalm 123:1
I lift up my eyes to You, the One enthroned in heaven.

Isaiah 40:26
Lift up your eyes on high: Who created all these? He leads forth the starry host by number; He calls each one by name. Because of His great power and mighty strength, not one of them is missing.

Treasury of Scripture

I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from where comes my help.

title. A Song.

Psalm 120:1 In my distress I cried to the LORD, and he heard me.

I will, etc. or, Shall I lift up my eyes to the hills? whence should my help come?

Jeremiah 3:23 Truly in vain is salvation hoped for from the hills, and from the …

lift up

Psalm 2:6 Yet have I set my king on my holy hill of Zion.

Psalm 68:15,16 The hill of God is as the hill of Bashan; an high hill as the hill of Bashan…

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

Psalm 87:1 His foundation is in the holy mountains.

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

Isaiah 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come you, and let us go up to the …







Lexicon
A Song
שִׁ֗יר (šîr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7892: A song, singing

of Ascents.
לַֽמַּ֫עֲל֥וֹת (lam·ma·‘ă·lō·wṯ)
Preposition-l, Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's Hebrew 4609: Elevation, the act, the condition, a climactic progression

I lift up
אֶשָּׂ֣א (’eś·śā)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5375: To lift, carry, take

my eyes
עֵ֭ינַי (‘ê·nay)
Noun - cdc | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5869: An eye, a fountain

to
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's Hebrew 413: Near, with, among, to

the hills.
הֶהָרִ֑ים (he·hā·rîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2022: Mountain, hill, hill country

From where
מֵ֝אַ֗יִן (mê·’a·yin)
Preposition-m | Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 370: Whence?

does my help
עֶזְרִֽי׃ (‘ez·rî)
Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 5828: A help, helper

come?
יָבֹ֥א (yā·ḇō)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 935: To come in, come, go in, go
(1) Whence.--Our version is certainly incorrect in following the LXX. and Vulg. in making whence a relative. The Hebrew word is always interrogative; even in Joshua 2:4 it is indirectly interrogative. But the margin is hardly right in making the whole verse interrogative. Render, I will lift up mine eyes to the hills. Whence comes my help? The hills are those on which Jerusalem is built, the plural being understood, as in Psalm 87:1. (See Note.) This gaze of hope does not absolutely decide the standpoint of the poet. He might have been like Ezekiel (Ezekiel 6:2) when bidden to turn "towards the mountains of Israel" in the distant plain of Mesopotamia; or he may have been close on the end of the pilgrim journey, and actually under the sacred hills. But wherever he stands, this question is not one of doubt; he knows, as in Psalm 3:4; Psalm 14:7, that help will come from God's holy hill "out of Zion." He puts the question for the sake of the emphatic answer in the next verse. Possibly, as suggested by the marginal rendering and reference, the poet may in his mind have been contrasting the confidence with which a worshipper of Jehovah might look up to the sacred city on the crest of the holy hill with that superstition and idolatry which was associated with so many hills and high places in Canaan. If this is so, the best commentary, both on the poetry and the religion of the psalm, is to be found in Mr. Ruskin's fascinating discourses on mountains in "Modern Painters," their influence on the ancient, mediaeval, and modern mind, and the part they have played alike in the mythology of the pagan times and the religion of the Christian world. There must also be added, in connection with the feeling of the Jew, the part his mountains played as a barrier of defence (Psalm 125:2), and as heights of observation from which to watch for the messengers of peace (Isaiah 52:7; Nahum 1:15).

"In the mountains did he feel his faith

. . . . and there his spirit shaped

Her prospects."--WORDSWORTH.

Verse 1. - I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills. The "holy hills," that stand round about Jerusalem, are intended (Psalm 87:1; Psalm 125:2). There God had "promised his blessing, even life forevermore" (Psalm 133:3). From whence cometh my help. Most modern critics regard this clause as interrogative, and translate, "Whence is it that my help shall come?" But "the question is only asked to give more effect to the answer" (Cheyne). 121:1-8 The safety of the godly. - We must not rely upon men and means, instruments and second causes. Shall I depend upon the strength of the hills? upon princes and great men? No; my confidence is in God only. Or, we must lift up our eyes above the hills; we must look to God who makes all earthly things to us what they are. We must see all our help in God; from him we must expect it, in his own way and time. This psalm teaches us to comfort ourselves in the Lord, when difficulties and dangers are greatest. It is almighty wisdom that contrives, and almighty power that works the safety of those that put themselves under God's protection. He is a wakeful, watchful Keeper; he is never weary; he not only does not sleep, but he does not so much as slumber. Under this shade they may sit with delight and assurance. He is always near his people for their protection and refreshment. The right hand is the working hand; let them but turn to their duty, and they shall find God ready to give them success. He will take care that his people shall not fall. Thou shalt not be hurt, neither by the open assaults, nor by the secret attempts of thine enemies. The Lord shall prevent the evil thou fearest, and sanctify, remove, or lighten the evil thou feelest. He will preserve the soul, that it be not defiled by sin, and disturbed by affliction; he will preserve it from perishing eternally. He will keep thee in life and death; going out to thy labour in the morning of thy days, and coming home to thy rest when the evening of old age calls thee in. It is a protection for life. The Spirit, who is their Preserver and Comforter, shall abide with them for ever. Let us be found in our work, assured that the blessings promised in this psalm are ours.
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