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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

  • BSP
    Every living creature owes its life to Jehovah God and so He is worthy of all the glory, praise, and honor.
  • Bruce
    Jean: The Lord Says He Will Wash Us in His Own Blood(Revelation 1:5)He Will Baptize Us With The Holy Ghost(Mark 1:8) He Will Make All Things New, We Will be Changed(2 Corinthians 5:17) Impossible Not to Know. All this Happens when The Father Calls(John 6:44) And You Ask Forgiveness. You are Sealed(Ephesians 1:13, 4:30) We Grow by Telling Others What He's Done in Our Life and How to be Saved
  • Jeannie Al-Taweel
    I'm blessed by having God bringing a sober man into my life. I lost my mother a year ago an had bad relationship for the past 4 years . I thrive to be sober an blessed now. If you can help me with verses that will help me through daily struggles of keeping toxic things away from my relationship with God an my soon to be husband !
  • Janice Brown
    I need a closer walk with God !
  • Steve morrow
    PSALM 138:2 I WILL WORSHIP TOWARD THY HOLY TEMPLE AND PRAISE THY NAME FOR THY LOVINGKINDNESS AND FOR THY TRUTH FOR THOU HAST MAGNIFIED --- THY WORD --- ABOVE ALL THY NAME LUKE 12:10 and whosoever shall speak a word against the SON OF MAN it shall be forgiven him but unto him that blasphemeth against the holy spirit it shall not be forgiven
  • BSP
    Verse 18~Jehovah God is near to those who call upon him with a sincere heart.
  • BSP
    We should learn to cultivate contentment and learn to lean on Jehovah God and find comfort in him.
  • Chris Ledezma
    We must all prepare for what is going to take place in our near future! The censer is about to be cast down and the fourth seal broken! There will be thunderings, flashes of lightning, and an earthquake! An earthquake like has not been.. then trumpets 1-4 when mankind will experience 1/4 of our population being killed!! After some time trumpet 5 will blow and Satan will come as god in the fle

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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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