129:1 «A Song of degrees.» Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may a Israel now say:
(a) The Church now afflicted should remember how
her condition has always been such from the beginning to be molested most
grievously by the wicked, yet in time it has always been delivered.
The LORD [is] b righteous: he hath cut
asunder the cords of the wicked.
(b) Because God is righteous, he cannot but
plague his adversary, and deliver his as oxen out of the plough.
Let them be as the grass [upon] the housetops, which withereth afore it groweth
(c) The enemies who lift themselves high, and as
it were approach the Sun, are consumed with the heat of God's wrath, because
they are not grounded in godly humility.
Neither do they which go by say, The blessing of the LORD [be] upon you: we
bless you in the name of the LORD.
(d) That is, the wicked will perish, and none
will pass for them.