[7], The Midrash interprets verses 1 and 2 in the context of Moses anointing his brother Aaron as High Priest of Israel. Hermon is the highest peak in Israel, rising 9,000 feet above sea level. The celebrants journeyed together to the House of the Lord, singing of the blessings of unity of heart and purpose. evermore.". one another, e.g., Absalom murdered Ammon (2 Sam. We are children of God in our spirit body, not [19], A Christian hymn in English, "How beautiful the sight", was written based on Psalm 133 by James Montgomery, sung to the tune Old Godric. together in unity!". The city crowns the hill and its Temple stood on a “mount.” In this exalted place, … Continue reading "Commentary on Psalm 133" This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. The dew that falls from God is symbolic of the Spirit. 13:28-33), and Adonijah tried In the Greek Septuagint version of the bible, and in its Latin translation in the Vulgate, this psalm is Psalm 132 in a slightly different numbering system. “The dew of Hermon”: Mt. In Latin, it is known as "Ecce quam bonum". “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Ps. As the joyful commandos flew back to Israel, they joined together to sing, “Hine ma tov u’ma-nayim, shevet ach-im gam ya-chad.”, True and lasting unity can never be achieved apart from God. of God that draws us closer together in the unity of Christ. [10][11], Mays analyzes the structure of the psalm as follows: v. 1 is an exclamation containing a value statement, followed by two or three similes in vv. [25] Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov set the psalm for choir, together with Psalm 132 as Two evening meal verses in 1899. This important fact makes Psalm 133 an appropriate psalm to follow the promise of blessing through the Messiah’s reign.”3. Other things are pleasant but not good. var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the |  solidifies (verse 3). of Unity (133:2-3); III. All believers in Christ are the sons of greatest of all blessings. The psalm is one of t… always be spiritual unity. << /ProcSet [ /PDF /Text ] /ColorSpace << /Cs1 7 0 R >> /Font << /TT1 8 0 R Psalm 117, with two verses, is the only shorter psalm. stream Zion is the place of God’s presence. x�]ے��}�W��Z����7IQ�llj6�rY�2W+��Β��kE��/����`N�Bp0 �KKQX�������4ߩ��w*ҫuT���UZ�2�Z�}q�J}���ӧ�#��ZW޿�/�W:��n^����b��( Today that comparison probably seems incomprehensible. endstream Addressing the topic of unity, the beginning of the psalm has been chosen as a motto by universities. << /Type /Page /Parent 3 0 R /Resources 6 0 R /Contents 4 0 R /MediaBox [0 0 612 792] It may be significant that those three are among the 15 Songs of Ascents, but I have not been able to determine the significance. email us at: But when the snow melts, the water feeds the Jordan River, which then feeds the Sea of Galilee and runs again into the Jordan River. spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old In Latin, it is known as "Ecce quam bonum". Very helpful and insightful. A moving rendition occurs in a film depicting the Israeli raid to rescue 103 Jewish hostages from Entebbe, Uganda, in 1976. Notice, God. to preempt Solomon’s right to the throne (1 Kings 1:5-53). The fact that it covered his entire body, showed a total As high priest, Aaron was the intercessor between God and the Israelites, once a year offering a blood sacrifice to atone for their sins. Hine ma tov u’ma-nayim, shevet ach-im gam ya-chad. to Home Page  |  Return Psalms 131, 133 and 134 each have three verses. ", International Music Score Library Project, Siehe, wie fein und lieblich ist's, SWV 48 (Schütz, Heinrich), Schütz, Heinrich / Der Beckersche Psalter SWV 97a-256a, 6 Motetten für gemischten Chor, Op.82 (Kiel, Friedrich), Se nyne blagoslovite Gospoda / Behold, Now Bless the Lord / op.29,2, "The Psalms of David / The Complete St Paul's Cathedral Psalter", "Chichester Psalms (III. 2. Steve Herzig is the director of North American Ministries and a Bible teacher for The Friends of Israel. It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore. The city crowns the hill and its Temple stood on a “mount.” Sung by ancient pilgrims making their way up to Jerusalem to observe the primary feasts of Israel, Psalm 120 is the first in a series known as the Psalms of Ascents. This would be the emphasis here, since these songs