The Geneva Bible Translation Notes, , at sacred-texts.com
psa 120:1"A Song of (a) degrees." In my (b) distress I cried unto the LORD, and he heard me.
(a) That is, of lifting up the tune and rising in singing.
(b) Even though the children of God should rejoice when they suffer for righteousness sake, yet it is a great grief to the flesh to hear evil for well doing.
psa 120:3What shall be given unto thee? or what shall be done unto thee, thou (c) false tongue?
(c) He assured himself that God would turn their craft to their own destruction.
psa 120:4(d) Sharp arrows of the mighty, with coals of juniper.
(d) He shows that there is nothing so sharp to pierce, nor so hot to set on fire, as a slanderous tongue.
psa 120:5Woe is me, that I sojourn in (e) Mesech, [that] I dwell in the tents of (f) Kedar!
(e) These were people of Arabia, who came from Japheth, (Gen 10:2).
(f) That is, of the Ishmaelites.
psa 120:7I [am for] (g) peace: but when I speak, they [are] for war.
(g) He declares what he means by Meshech and Kedar, that is, the Israelites who had degenerated from their godly fathers, and hated and contended against the faithful.