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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

  • Peter P. Jorgensen
    I was reading a criticism to a Pro-Life artical and they referenced this Psalm 137 so I looked it up and read your commentary and it didn't seem to address the verse 9
  • Stephen B
    Praise Him who died for me and you! Praise Him that rose from the dead! We will praise Him throughout all eternity! The Lord Jesus Christ!
  • Ade Bakare
    I always enjoy reading the script,commentary and discussion .very uplifting .lots of people always depend on the labour of others ,it is indeed a blessing to labour and eat of its fruit ,as it's said in the bible ,the Lord rewards effort
  • Ruby Hildreth
    God will keep His promise, He said He will keep us in perfect peace if we keep our minds on Him. He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him, He will reward us with peace unspoken of. I am a witness.
  • UNKNOWN
    Using this for a sermon
  • Paul
    Correct me if I'm wrong, as I'm a student of the Bible and still learning. I suggest that Psalm 137 may be referring to those that were called (drawn by God), but, ultimately, not chosen (i.e., not saved). Jesus said (in summary) many will be called, but only a few chosen. Is Psalm 137 what Jesus was referring to?
  • Delores Ramsey
    I pray that the Lord will take care of me and my family from the ones that want to do us harm. I believe that he will and I will trust him every day .he is the only one I can depend on .We need to pray every day and keep our mind on him at all times because God Our Father is all we have to hold on to please add me in your prayers. thanks
  • Elizabethkanyamazulu@gmail.com
    In my own understanding we need to give thanks in everything as long as we are on this earth and have a breath we should know by all thing to give thanks for his love endureth forever

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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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