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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

  • Joseph
    The Lord is mighty in and great in his doing.
  • Johanna
    His true name is Yahweh. Or "I AM"
  • Brother Daniel FC
    Verse 23 should always be read together with vs. 24. By itself, in the context of the previous verses, it sounds like David is bragging about his own spirituality. Verse 24 clarifies it: he admits that there might be some wickedness in his heart, and he asks God to lead him in the path of righteousness "in the way everlasting". Psalm 139:23 "Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts: 24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting." It makes a big difference...
  • BSP
    The psalmist invited Jehovah God to inspect him and search him out. We should do the same with a view to improve various aspects of our Christian personality and our service to God.
  • Zac
    Beautiful and powerful in every way.
  • Anonymous.
    we must give god his praise that is do to him.
  • Edna
    wonderful are thy works of hand ALL AMIGHTY GOD who knew the day I was created Worthy are to be praised Just as David wrote could not of said it better
  • A disciple
    Dear Timothy; the Lord is fanning His threshing floor to drive out the chaff and show the wheat. Also in Psalm 92 it says that the "springing of the wicked" was a sign of their imminent and eternal destruction. All these things coming to pass, yet they will not know, and will not repent! But the wise shall know, and prepare their hearts and their ways, as those who are about to stand before Him.

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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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