129 1 He admonisheth the Church to rejoice though it be afflicted. 4 For by the righteous Lord it shall be delivered. 6 And the enemies for all their glorious show, shall suddenly be destroyed.

A song of degrees.

They have oftentimes afflicted me from my youth (may [a]Israel now say)

They have oftentimes afflicted me from my youth: but they could not prevail against me.

The plowers plowed upon my back, and made long furrows.

But the [b]righteous Lord hath cut the cords of the wicked.

They that hate Zion, shall be all ashamed and turned backward.

[c]They shall be as the grass on the house tops, which withereth afore it cometh forth.

Whereof the mower filleth not his hand, neither the gleaner his lap:

[d]Neither they which go by, say, The blessing of the Lord be upon you, or, We bless you in the Name of the Lord.


  1. Psalm 129:1 The Church now afflicted ought to remember how her condition hath ever been such from the beginning to be molested most grievously by the wicked: yet in time it hath ever been delivered.
  2. Psalm 129:4 Because God is righteous, he cannot but plague his adversary, and deliver his, as oxen out of the plough.
  3. Psalm 129:6 The enemies that lift themselves most high, and as it were approach near to the Sun, are consumed with the heat of God’s wrath, because they are not grounded in godly humility.
  4. Psalm 129:8 That is, the wicked shall perish, and none shall pass for them.