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Psalm 128

The Happy Home of the Faithful

A Song of Ascents.

1

Happy is everyone who fears the Lord,

who walks in his ways.

2

You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;

you shall be happy, and it shall go well with you.

 

3

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine

within your house;

your children will be like olive shoots

around your table.

4

Thus shall the man be blessed

who fears the Lord.

 

5

The Lord bless you from Zion.

May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem

all the days of your life.

6

May you see your children’s children.

Peace be upon Israel!


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Ps 128:1-6. The temporal blessings of true piety. The eighth chapter of Zecariah is a virtual commentary on this Psalm. Compare Ps 128:3 with Zec 8:5; and Ps 128:2 with Le 26:16; De 28:33; Zec 8:10; and Ps 128:6 with Zec 8:4.

1. (Compare Ps 1:1).

2. For thou shalt eat—that is, It is a blessing to live on the fruits of one's own industry.

3. by the sides—or, "within" (Ps 48:2).

olive plants—are peculiarly luxuriant (Ps 52:8).

5. In temporal blessings the pious do not forget the richer blessings of God's grace, which they shall ever enjoy.

6. Long life crowns all other temporal favors. As Ps 125:5, this Psalm closes with a prayer for peace, with prosperity for God's people.




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