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1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.

2 Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem.

3 Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together:

4 Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the LORD, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the LORD.

5 For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.

6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.

7 Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.

8 For my brethren and companions' sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee.

9 Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Psalms
Book: Psalms
Chapter: 122

Confidence in God under contempt.
- Our Lord Jesus has taught us to look unto God in Prayer as our
Father in Heaven. In every Prayer a good Man lifts up his soul
to God; especially when in trouble. We desire Mercy from him; we
Hope he will show us Mercy, and we will continue waiting On him
till it come. The eyes of a servant are to his master's
directing Hand, expecting that he will appoint him his work. And
also to his supplying Hand. Servants look to their master or
their mistress for their portion of meat in due season. And to
God we must look for daily Bread, for Grace sufficient; from him
we must receive it thankfully. Where can we look for help but to
our Master? And, further, to his protecting Hand. If the servant
is wronged and injured in his work, who should right him, but
his master? And to his correcting Hand. Whither should sinners
turn but to him that smote them? They humble themselves under
God's mighty Hand. And lastly, to his rewarding Hand. Hypocrites
look to the world's Hand, thence they have their reward; but
true Christians look to God as their Master and their Rewarder.
God's people find little Mercy with men; but this is their
comfort, that with the Lord there is Mercy. Scorning and
contempt have been, are, and are likely to be, the Lot of God's
people in this world. It is hard to Bear; but the servants of
God should not complain if they are treated as his beloved Son
was. Let us then, when ready to faint under trials, look unto
Jesus, and By Faith and Prayer cast ourselves upon the Mercy of

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