Psalm 129: Attacked but Not Defeated

What should people do when they are bullied?

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Psalm 129:1–2 A song for worship.
From the days of my youth, my enemies have persecuted me. Let God’s people say, “From my youth until now, I have been attacked but not defeated.
Matthew 5:39 I say you should not try to get even. If people slap you on the cheek, do not retaliate, but allow them to slap the other cheek.
Romans 12:14 Do good to those who seek to harm you, and pray God’s blessing for them, that they too might become believers.
King James
Psalm 129:1–2 <A Song of degrees.> Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say: Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me.
Matthew 5:39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Romans 12:14 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.

In the face of our enemies, when should we be quiet and when should we speak up?

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Psalm 129:1–2 A song for worship.
From the days of my youth, my enemies have persecuted me. Let God’s people say, “From my youth until now, I have been attacked but not defeated.
Matthew 7:6 Do not give something holy to dogs. They will turn and attack, tearing you to pieces. Do not toss your pearls to pigs. They will only trample them under their feet.
Matthew 10:16 Listen, I am sending you like lambs into a pack of wolves. Therefore, you must be wise as snakes, slipping in unnoticed, and harmless as doves, fleeing when threatened.
Luke 12:11–12 When you are arrested and stand before synagogue authorities, governors, and kings, do not worry about what to say. At the time you must speak, you will be given the right words to say.
King James
Psalm 129:1–2 <A Song of degrees.> Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say: Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me.
Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
Matthew 10:16 Behold, I send you forth as sheep in the midst of wolves: be ye therefore wise as serpents, and harmless as doves.
Luke 12:11–12 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.

How can we know God is the one who brought relief from persecution?

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Psalm 129:3–4 Plowers dug furrows across my back, but the Lord was good to me and cut the reins of the wicked.”
King James
Psalm 129:3–4 The plowers plowed upon my back: they made long their furrows. The Lord is righteous: he hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked.

What are the most typical kinds of abuse that Christians receive?

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Psalm 129:3–4 Plowers dug furrows across my back, but the Lord was good to me and cut the reins of the wicked.”
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Psalm 129:3–4 The plowers plowed upon my back: they made long their furrows. The Lord is righteous: he hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked.

Why would anyone hate a city?

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Psalm 129:5 Let those who hate Jerusalem be turned away in shame.
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Psalm 129:5 Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.

What can make people ashamed of their hatred?

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Psalm 129:5 Let those who hate Jerusalem be turned away in shame.
King James
Psalm 129:5 Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.

For what reasons can crops not bear fruit?

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Psalm 129:6–7 Let them be like grass upon the housetops, withered beneath the sun as soon as the green appears, so reapers have nothing to gather in their arms.
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Psalm 129:6–7 Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, which withereth afore it groweth up: Wherewith the mower filleth not his hand; nor he that bindeth sheaves his bosom.

What does it mean to “give our blessing”?

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Psalm 129:8 Those who pass by will not say, “May the Lord bless you. In his name, I give you my blessing.”
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Psalm 129:8 Neither do they which go by say, The blessing of the Lord be upon you: we bless you in the name of the Lord.