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The Jewish Study Bible Contextualizes the Hebrew Bible with accompanying scholarly text on Jewish traditions and history.

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Commentary on Psalms

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Ps. 123 :

An expression of depen‐dence on God (vv. 1–2 ) serves as an introduction to a communal petition. An individual perspective (v. 1 ) quickly shifts to the plural (vv. 2–4 ), as in Ps. 122 . Like Pss. 120 and 121 , adjacent vv. use the same words (vv. 1–2 , “eyes”; vv. 2–3 , “favor”; vv. 3–4 , “contempt, enough”).

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On God in heaven, see 2.4 n.

2 :

A tricolon, i.e., a v. divided into three rather than two parallel segments. The imagery expresses the dependence of both men and women on God.

3 :

A typical communal petition, with an imperative request (Show us favor), an invocation (O Lord), and a motivation ([For] we have…).

4 :

The complacent may be the upper classes who abuse the lower classes, as in Amos 6.1 .

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