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128. Psalm 128

1Blessed is every one that feareth Jehovah,

That walketh in his ways.

2For thou shalt eat the labor of thy hands:

Happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.

3Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine,

In the innermost parts of thy house;

Thy children like olive plants,

Round about thy table.

4Behold, thus shall the man be blessed

That feareth Jehovah.

5Jehovah bless thee out of Zion:

And see thou the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.

6Yea, see thou thy children's children.

aPeace 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.