Should “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help” be rendered as a question in Psalm 121:1?
"A Song of degrees. I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help." (Psalm 121:1, KJV)
The NKJV, NASB, ESV, and NIV add a question mark at the end of this verse to render this statement as a question. Without a question mark, the speaker would be saying that help comes from the hills, and some people allege that this rendering suggests Pagan worship in high places. However, the statement that help comes from the hills is consistent with Christian theology. This psalm is one of the Songs of Ascent, a series of songs with the theme of pilgrimage to the highlands of Jerusalem. Thus “the hills” referred to are the hills of Zion. Isaiah 46:13 says “I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.” Zion is not a single mountain but a range of mountains and hills (Psalm 133:3). This “help” that comes from “the hills” is salvation which comes from Zion.
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