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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

  • Guerline Victor
    Je voulais vivre et sover dans le nom de Yahushua et vivre dans la maison de Yahuah, aide- moi à élargir ma foie en lui seul. Hallelujah.
  • Dr. Oved Ben-Arie
    How can the people of the world now expect the Jews to surrender Jerusalem and the Temple Mount?
  • Albert Rogers
    What this means to me God is the creator of everything he is the Almighty and to serve God in church and outside the Church as well cause the people are the Church the building is just a place to serve and worship our God Almighty and our Lord Jesus Christ in him I do give my life to serve him as my brother and God the Father
  • Pogaski
    May ur name be exolted forever in our life. in jesus name i pray.. Amen, like what my brethren says only God knows our thought..
  • Kecia D reid
    This chapter clearly expresses how to praise God as the last chapter set it up and then 150 sums it up God referenced music to be used to praise him and dance using certain instruments as well I don't think we ever have to question how he wants us to praise him he talks about loud too he says,also in the congregations
    A lot of churches don't emphasize this certain and important way God wants prayer
  • Tammie Lowe
    I remember when I was going through some changes in my life this helped me to get through, I read it every day and I tell other's to read also...

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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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