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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

  • 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.
  • Sonia
    Give God thanks with a greatful heart. We must praise and worship God in all situations, at all times, wherever we are. Worship Him with instruments. God deserves every and all praises. God is worthy, worthy, worthy of our worship. Jesus is Lord. Amen.
  • Timothy L. Jones
    My prayers reach out to all people, all believers in the Father, the Son, and Holy Ghost, that give their lives in helping others when help is needed, even when its not. Glory to God. Amen...
  • Timothy L. Jones
    Verse 1(one) cries for the United States of America. Each day when my heart is weaken from the hatefulness of human beings, in this country, whom God created, act as if there is no God in their life; no God, no Love, in their hearts. My prayers reach out to thee Father, for they no not what they do. Amen...
  • Ludivina Palmer
    Hi.l need prayer Psalms 132.l.apreceate.

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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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