A Song of degrees for Solomon.
1271Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.127.1 for…: or, of Solomon127.1 that…: Heb. that are builders of it in it
2It 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.
3Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
4As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
5Happy 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.127.5 his…: Heb. filled his quiver with them127.5 speak…: or, subdue, or, destroy
A Song of degrees.
1281Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways.
2For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.
3Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.
4Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the LORD.
5The LORD shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.
6Yea, thou shalt see thy children’s children, and peace upon Israel.
A Song of degrees.
1291Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth, may Israel now say:129.1 Many…: or, Much
2Many a time have they afflicted me from my youth: yet they have not prevailed against me.129.2 Many…: or, Much
3The plowers plowed upon my back: they made long their furrows.
4The LORD is righteous: he hath cut asunder the cords of the wicked.
5Let them all be confounded and turned back that hate Zion.
6Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, which withereth afore it groweth up:
7Wherewith the mower filleth not his hand; nor he that bindeth sheaves his bosom.
8Neither do they which go by say, The blessing of the LORD be upon you: we bless you in the name of the LORD.