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Psalms 129:6 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, Which withereth before it groweth up;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Let them be as the grass [upon] the housetops, which withereth afore it groweth up:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Let them be like grass upon the housetops, Which withers before it grows up;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Let them be as the grass [upon] the house-tops, which withereth before it groweth up:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Let them be as the grass upon the house-tops, which withereth before it is plucked up,
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Let them become like the grass of housetops, which, before it is pulled up, hath withered;
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— They are as grass of the roofs, That before it was drawn out withereth,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Let them be as grass upon the tops of houses: which withereth before it be plucked up:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Let them bee as the grasse [vpon] the house tops: which withereth afore it groweth vp:
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— Let them be as the grass of the house-tops, which withers before it is plucked up.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— Let them be as the grass [upon] the housetops, which withereth afore it groweth up:

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Let them be x1961
(1961) Complement
הָיָה
hayah
{haw-yaw'}
A primitive root (compare H1933); to exist, that is, be or become, come to pass (always emphatic, and not a mere copula or auxiliary).
as the grass 2682
{2682} Prime
חָצִיר
chatsiyr
{khaw-tseer'}
Perhaps originally the same as H2681, from the greenness of a courtyard; grass; also a leek (collectively).
[upon] the housetops, 1406
{1406} Prime
גָּג
gag
{gawg}
Probably by reduplication from H1342; a roof; by analogy the top of an altar.
which withereth 3001
{3001} Prime
יָבֵשׁ
yabesh
{yaw-bashe'}
A primitive root; to be ashamed, confused or disappointed; also (as failing) to dry up (as water) or wither (as herbage).
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
afore 6927
{6927} Prime
קַדְמָה
qadmah
{kad-maw'}
From H6923; priority (in time); also used adverbially (before).
x7945
(7945) Complement
שֶׁל
shel
{shel}
For the relative H0834; used with prepositional prefix, and often followed by some pronoun affixed; on account of, what soever, which soever.
it groweth up: 8025
{8025} Prime
שָׁלַף
shalaph
{saw-laf'}
A primitive root; to pull out, up or off.
z8804
<8804> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Perfect (See H8816)
Count - 12562
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 129:5-6.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 129:5-8.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 129:6

House — tops — Which there were flat. Which — Having no deep root, never comes to maturity. And so all their designs shall be abortive.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 129:6

(c) Let them be as the grass [upon] the housetops, which withereth afore it groweth up:

(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.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
as the grass:

Psalms 37:2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.
Psalms 92:7 When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; [it is] that they shall be destroyed for ever:
Jeremiah 17:5-6 Thus saith the LORD; Cursed [be] the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD. ... For he shall be like the heath in the desert, and shall not see when good cometh; but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, [in] a salt land and not inhabited.
Matthew 13:6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.
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Ps 37:2; 92:7. Jr 17:5. Mt 13:6.

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