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1 A song of degrees for Solomon. Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vaine that build it: except the Lord keepe the citie, the watchman waketh but in vaine.

2 It is vaine for you to rise vp early, to sit vp late, to eate the bread of sorrowes: for so hee giueth his beloued sleepe.

3 Loe, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the wombe is his reward.

4 As arrowes are in the hand of a mightie man: so are children of the youth.

5 Happie is the man that hath his quiuer full of them, they shall not be ashamed: but they shall speake with the enemies in the gate.

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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

  • David:
    Because God has fearfully and wonderfully made me, every sickness arrow shall not prosper against me, in Jesus Name. Amem
  • Michael pickens
    god is long overdue on real biblical praise in this generation today. there's too much that is just noise and excitement. the lord deserves our praise because of his greatness, demands our praise because of his power, longs for it because of his grace and mercy, loves the praise of his people. psalms 150 is greatly needed in the hearts of gods people today. thanks for letting me share my thoughts.
  • Jackie
    David know the the Lord was his refuge and his portion and the Lord loved him so he would keep him even when was in the cave are any where else our Lord is a great savior and Lord
  • Jackie
    David put his trust in the Lord and asked for him to show him the way truth and the light that his spirit would dwell in him and that he would keep him from all harm.
  • Jackie
    Lord when David called on your name he knew that you would help him and we know when we call in your name you will be there think you Lord for all your blessing amen.
  • Jackie
    The Lord was with David and he will be with us if trust in him with all of our heart.David was a man that sinned but knew that God was a just Lord and if he asked the Lord to for give he would because he loves him!

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