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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

  • Sylvia
    I thank the Lord for his mercy and grace. He came to save us from our sins and he has given us an opportunity to spread the word of his forgiving heart and his kindness and long suffering he is worthy to be praised. Bless the Lord oh my soul and all that is within me- Bless his holy name.
  • Anne
    Thank God for the Book of Psalms which is relevant to every situation in our lives.
    We should praise God at all times for it is in Him we live and move and have our very being.
  • Hazel
    We are servants of God and so privilege to made in his own image how marvelous is works
  • Diane
    My beliefs are that as the Psalmist says Our Heavenly Father,and God is so worthy to be Praised.Amen I thank him for Jesus Christ my personal Lord and Savior.I thank God for his Love and Mercy and his amazing Grace.Amen .I thank God because he looks pass everyone of my faults and continuously keeps me.
  • A disciple
    "Lord, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him!" God knows what man is, and how and why He made us! Man doesn't know anything until God gives him understanding and teaches him. Men refuse knowledge and are too proud to be told the truth; yet they will open their mouths to contradict, oppose and speak evil of things they know nothing about.
  • A disciple
    Abel was murdered out of the ambush by a brother who envied him and started a quarrel with him without a cause. Joseph was hated by his brothers because he was the beloved son of his father's old age, who also sold him for twenty pieces of silver and lied about it to their father to cover their wickedness. David was chased and persecuted relentlessly by a failure of the grace and calling of God.
  • A disciple
    "Let burning coals fall upon them: let them be cast into the fire; into deep pits, that they rise not up again." (KJV) "Let burning coals fall upon them, and be they thrown down into the fire; yea, into a wretchedness from which they shall never be able to escape." (Wycliffe Bible) We hardly comprehend the grave danger and the righteous damnation of the ungodly, according to most Holy Eternal GOD!
  • A disciple
    "Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee? I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies." God commanded the Israelites to show no pity but to utterly destroy everything that breathes of the Canaanites because they were utterly perverted and doing every abomination that God hates. So must our minds be about sin and unclean!

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