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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

  • Sardi Aja
    Thanks to GOD Almighty power that I'm never alone at the end, in every situation GOD accompany me, HE IS THERE for keeping me
  • Brianna vs. 20
    Many people are looking for comfort and relief, but they do so based off their own reasoning. Some turn to drugs, worldly wisdom, and self help books. However, vs. 20 highlights the best source of comfort, from Jehovah God himself. He is loyal and guards those who are loyal to him. While this doesn't mean we will never have a problem, we will ALWAYS have help to endure the problem.
  • Ebor Ehima
    The book really dwelt on the wicked ones who plan some evil to bring down human. I pray thy lord heal us all in any sickness we might have found ourselves, and save us from the wicked ones. Amen.
  • Anthony Terry
    Thus God's chosen fast. If as believers we were to live this lifestyle of fast many of the problems that are in this world that man tries to overcome would actually be overcome. Homelessness would be no more, hunger would be no more. There will always be the poor among us but the poor need not suffer.
  • Patricia Wanyoike
    The LORD is my confidence.
    The LORD is good, his lovingkindness and mercy is forever...
  • Pretty serah
    I believe in sitting together as brethrens .,,when we share the word of God relief's us and starts boasting the faith..know if lord said so and he worked by his word...he can do to me...sitting together healed the broken hearted...strengthens us to go on..in salvation...knowing..we are loved ...am blessed with plsams 133
  • Charlene G. McKenzie
    The Lord is my Salvation, my He bless all that love Him, Amen
  • John T.
    I fill in my heart and soul, when Christ Jesus our Savior comes back to claim his bride and to bring with him the NEW JERUSALEM CITY, there will be no more pain, no more cancer, no more tears, no more sarrows, no more sting of death, no more evil, no more racism, no more lies, no more governments to LIE to US!!
    JUST TOTAL HARMONY, TOTAL LOVE FOR ONE ANOTHER, TOTAL TOGETHERNESS, TOTAL FAITH IN GOD

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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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