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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

  • Gwendolyn Bethel
    It is amazing and beyond human comprehension that our father can see us at all Times,however we cannot see him until he is ready for us to see him.
  • Kim A Watson
    Glory be to God, for all the great things he has done.
  • Zeddy Chepkwony
    We spend quite a lot of time lamenting to the lord about unpleasant circumstances in our life yet God is always doing wonderful things that we don't seem to notice because we are pre- occupied with the negative side . This psalms encourages us to praise God in all situations because the lord is Good all the time . Our human nature makes want more
  • Scott Gates
    We are saved by both God's mercy (Titus 3:5, which prevents us from going to Hell) and His grace (Ephesians 2:8, which allows us to go to Heaven instead). Since God's saving mercy endureth forever, it becomes impossible for someone who gets saved to ever experience Hell! Psalm 136 is a wonderful reminder (26 times) of God's forever-enduring mercy. We have been hit over the head with this truth!
  • Pamela Jefferson
    I really enjoy reading this scripture and I really need something to get me through the week dealing with so many different people at work I just pray that God keep my lips sealed as he continued taking me to a different level a man touch and agree and agree in the Almighty Jesus name Amen
  • Irene123
    Ps. 149:4 - " ..... He will beautify the MEEK with salvation." I've personally seen this happen with 2-3 women in the church. They came in from lives of hardship and at least one, a black woman, elderly (like me, but I'm white) - within a WEEK of being baptized in Jesus name and rec'ing the Holy Ghost - looked younger. She 'sparkled' - with joy and peace. I can't see it in me, cont.

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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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