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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

  • Ethel
    I have often wondered about this chapter of Psalms. It's like they couldn't sing unto the Lord in presence of the enemy.
  • Evelyn
    Such a Blessed Psalm,gives me great joy everytime I read it.It tells us according to God's word to rejoice at all times.To make a joyful noise ,whenever you read it or hear the word of God.To tell everyone of His everlasting Love for us,it's not only for now but forever more. Amen

    Thank you Jesus for dying on the cross for me.

    Evelyn Rive.
  • Brianna vs.1
    This verse shows to me that material things are nothing, unless you have Jehovah God's approval. For places of worship in particular, there is no sense in making grand and lavish churches/ temples. Build it modestly and humbly. The important thing is the quality of worship. Good quality worship = quality Christians = making God happy
  • Gloria Fletcher
    Then meaning of Psalms 146
  • Dilu Goma
    I have been praying for God to change my wife and children for the better so that I will be proud of them(instead of being sad and despairing for their lives), and also that my small businesses will be successful (in bringing in good income), and through this verse God is telling me that the way for these to happen is for me to fear God and obey Him. I really want to do this, please, O Lord.
  • Steve morrow
  • Steve morrow
    psalm 144:3 LORD what is man that thou takest knowledge of him or the son of man that thou makest account of him 144:4 MAN IS LIKE TO VANITY HIS DAYS ARE AS A SHADOW THAT PASSETH AWAY Isaiah 2:22 cease ye from man whose breath is in his nostrils for wherein is he to be accounted of
  • Des Barton
    These words give me the strive to live my life 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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