Psalms 129:5

5 May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame.

Psalms 129:5 in Other Translations

5 Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.
5 May all who hate Zion be put to shame and turned backward!
5 May all who hate Jerusalem be turned back in shameful defeat.
5 Oh, let all those who hate Zion grovel in humiliation;
5 Let all who hate Zion be driven back in disgrace.

Psalms 129:5 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 129:5

Let them all be confounded
Or "ashamed": as all the enemies of God's people will be sooner or later, either in this world, or however when Christ shall come in the clouds of heaven; or let them be disappointed of their views, aims, and ends, when they will be confounded, as disappointed persons are;

and turned back;
from pursuing their designs and accomplishing them; as the Assyrian monarch was, who had a hook put into his nose, and a bridle in his lips, and was turned back by the way he came, ( Isaiah 37:29 ) ;

that hate Zion;
the inhabitants of Zion, who are called out of the world, and separated from the men of it, and therefore hated by them; the King of Zion, the Messiah, whom they will not have to reign over them; the doctrines of the Gospel, the word that comes out of Zion, to which they are utter enemies; and the laws and ordinances of Zion, the discipline of God's house, which they cannot bear to be under and submit unto.

Psalms 129:5 In-Context

3 Plowmen have plowed my back and made their furrows long.
4 But the LORD is righteous; he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.”
5 May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame.
6 May they be like grass on the roof, which withers before it can grow;
7 a reaper cannot fill his hands with it, nor one who gathers fill his arms.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Micah 4:11
  • 2. S Psalms 70:2; Psalms 71:13
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