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Compare Translations for Psalm 120:1

Psalm 120:1 ASV
In my distress I cried unto Jehovah, And he answered me.
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Psalm 120:1 CEB
I cried out to the LORD when I was in trouble (and he answered me):
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Psalm 120:1 CJB
A song of ascents: I called to ADONAI in my distress, and he answered me.
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Psalm 120:1 RHE
(119-1) In my trouble I cried to the Lord: and he heard me.
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Psalm 120:1 ESV
In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me.
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Psalm 120:1 GW
When I was in trouble, I cried out to the LORD, and he answered me.
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Psalm 120:1 GNT
When I was in trouble, I called to the Lord, and he answered me.
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Psalm 120:1 CSB
In my distress I called to the Lord, and He answered me:
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Psalm 120:1 KJV
In my distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.
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Psalm 120:1 LEB
In my distress I called to Yahweh, and he answered me.
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Psalm 120:1 NAS
In my trouble I cried to the LORD , And He answered me.
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Psalm 120:1 NCV
When I was in trouble, I called to the Lord, and he answered me.
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Psalm 120:1 NIRV
I call out to the LORD when I'm in trouble, and he answers me.
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Psalm 120:1 NIV
I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me.
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Psalm 120:1 NKJV
A Song of Ascents. In my distress I cried to the Lord, And He heard me.
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Psalm 120:1 NLT
A song for the ascent to Jerusalem. I took my troubles to the LORD; I cried out to him, and he answered my prayer.
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Psalm 120:1 NRS
In my distress I cry to the Lord, that he may answer me:
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Psalm 120:1 RSV
A Song of Ascents. In my distress I cry to the LORD, that he may answer me:
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Psalm 120:1 DBY
{A Song of degrees.} In my trouble I called unto Jehovah, and he answered me.
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Psalm 120:1 MSG
I'm in trouble. I cry to God, desperate for an answer:
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Psalm 120:1 WBT
A Song of degrees. In my distress I cried to the LORD, and he heard me.
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Psalm 120:1 TNIV
I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me.
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Psalm 120:1 WYC
The song of degrees. When I was set in tribulation, I cried to the Lord; and he heard me. (When I was beset with troubles, I cried to the Lord; and he answered me.)
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Psalm 120:1 YLT
A Song of the Ascents. Unto Jehovah in my distress I have called, And He answereth me.
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Psalms 120 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 120

The psalmist prays to God to deliver him from false and malicious tongues. (1-4) He complains of wicked neighbours. (5-7)

Verses 1-4 The psalmist was brought into great distress by a deceitful tongue. May every good man be delivered from lying lips. They forged false charges against him. In this distress, he sought God by fervent prayer. God can bridle their tongues. He obtained a gracious answer to this prayer. Surely sinners durst not act as they do, if they knew, and would be persuaded to think, what will be in the end thereof. The terrors of the Lord are his arrows; and his wrath is compared to burning coals of juniper, which have a fierce heat, and keep fire very long. This is the portion of the false tongue; for all that love and make a lie, shall have their portion in the lake that burns eternally.

Verses 5-7 It is very grievous to a good man, to be cast into, and kept in the company of the wicked, from whom he hopes to be for ever separated. See here the character of a good man; he is for living peaceably with all men. And let us follow David as he prefigured Christ; in our distress let us cry unto the Lord, and he will hear us. Let us follow after peace and holiness, striving to overcome evil with good.

Psalms 120 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

PSALM 120

Psalms 120:1-7 . This is the first of fifteen Psalms (Psalms 120-134) entitled "A Song of Degrees" ( Psalms 121:1 --literally, "A song for the degrees"), or ascents. It seems most probable they were designed for the use of the people when going up (compare 1 Kings 12:27 1 Kings 12:28 ) to Jerusalem on the festival occasions ( Deuteronomy 16:16 ), three times a year. David appears as the author of four, Solomon of one ( Psalms 127:1 ), and the other ten are anonymous, probably composed after the captivity. In this Psalm the writer acknowledges God's mercy, prays for relief from a malicious foe, whose punishment he anticipates, and then repeats his complaint.

2, 3. Slander and deceit charged on his foes implies his innocence.
tongue--as in Psalms 52:2 Psalms 52:4 .

4. Sharp arrows of the mighty--destructive inflictions.
coals of juniper--which retain heat long. This verse may be read as a description of the wicked, but better as their punishment, in reply to the question of Psalms 120:3 .

5. A residence in these remote lands pictures his miserable condition.

6, 7. While those who surrounded him were maliciously hostile, he was disposed to peace. This Psalm may well begin such a series as this, as a contrast to the promised joys of God's worship.