Psalm 120

1 In my distress I cried unto Jehovah,
And he answered me.

1 See Psalm xviii. 1. R. 279.
See Psalm xviii. 1. E. 326.
We often read in the Word that the Lord answers those who call and cry. R. 376.
See Psalm iv. 2. E. 471.
1-7. To the Father, against those in the perverted church, who secretly try to destroy Him. P. P.

2 Deliver my soul, O Jehovah, from lying lips,
And from a deceitful tongue.
3 What shall be given unto thee, and what shall be done
more unto thee,
Thou deceitful tongue?

4 Sharp arrows of the mighty,
With coals of juniper.

2 Guile in the word means hypocrisy. A. 9013.
R. 624.
T. 322.
E. 866.
Add: the lip of a lie and tongue of guile stand for falses of evil, and the dispersion of truth thereby is signified by a sharp sword, and sharp arrows.
See also Ezekiel v. 1. E. 908.

5 Woe is me, that I sojourn in Meshech,
That I dwell among the tents of Kedar!
6 My soul hath long had her dwelling
With him that hateth peace.

7 I am for peace:
But when I speak, they are for war.

3 To add is also a prophetic word signifying to destroy. R- 957-
5 They who are not in truth because not in good are those represented by Arabians and Kedars in the desert. A. 3268.
By Arabia is signified the church which is in truths originating in good — see Jeremiah xlix. 29 — treating of the vastation of Arabia. Similar things are signified by the tents of Arabia here. E. 799.
6, 7. See Psalm iv. 7-9. R. 306.
See Psalm xxxviii. 4. F. 365.

Author: EMANUEL SWEDENBORG (1688-1772)