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1 (A Song of degrees for Solomon.) Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.

Commentary for Psalms 127

The value of the Divine blessing.

- Let us always look to God's providence. In all the affairs and business of a family we must depend upon his blessing. 1. For raising a family. If God be not acknowledged, we have no reason to expect his blessing; and the best-laid plans fail, unless he crowns them with success. 2. For the safety of a family or a city. Except the Lord keep the city, the watchmen, though they neither slumber nor sleep, wake but in vain; mischief may break out, which even early discoveries may not be able to prevent. 3. For enriching a family. Some are so eager upon the world, that they are continually full of care, which makes their comforts bitter, and their lives a burden. All this is to get money; but all in vain, except God prosper them: while those who love the Lord, using due diligence in their lawful callings, and casting all their care upon him, have needful success, without uneasiness or vexation. Our care must be to keep ourselves in the love of God; then we may be easy, whether we have little or much of this world. But we must use the proper means very diligently. Children are God's gifts, a heritage, and a reward; and are to be accounted blessings, and not burdens: he who sends mouths, will send meat, if we trust in him. They are a great support and defence to a family. Children who are young, may be directed aright to the mark, God's glory, and the service of their generation; but when they are gone into the world, they are arrows out of the hand, it is too late to direct them then. But these arrows in the hand too often prove arrows in the heart, a grief to godly parents. Yet, if trained according to God's word, they generally prove the best defence in declining years, remembering their obligations to their parents, and taking care of them in old age. All earthly comforts are uncertain, but the Lord will assuredly comfort and bless those who serve him; and those who seek the conversion of sinners, will find that their spiritual children are their joy and crown in the day of Jesus Christ.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 127

  • Lilian
    Praise Jesus always and worship him only for he is worthy. Keep thanking the Blood of Jesus. The only solutions for our storm and problems in life is to praise him even you almost give up and desperate. By praising him you can only see the miracle. Jesus can turn your situation in a moment and bless you and heal you. Only trust his will and obey his words. Praise you Lord Amen
    Psalm 150 is a Psalm of worship and praise to Almighty God, the creator of all good things. It is our daily duty to give praises to God in Psalms and Hymns. When we worship and praise God, He blesses us without measures. We must praise God, despite our trials and tribulations. Praise God in the morning, noon, night, and around the clock, because God blesses us around the clock. AMEN
  • Duane G
    That speaks to me in very special way.
  • Irene123
    Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and bless the Lord.
    Jn.8:36 - If the Son shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed. HALLUEJAH!!
    I spelled halluejah wrong, but that's okay - the Lord knows.
  • Irene123
    Blessed is everyone that feareth the Lord; that walketh in HIS ways - His ways found ONLY in His word.
  • Ikechukwu nwogu
    It's a splendid bible chapter and its has rhyming verses. The psalmist brought great eulogy

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The psalmist states, 'Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them'--the arrows are a metaphor for what?
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