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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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Verses 4–6

The beginnings of mercies encourage us to pray for the completion of them. And while we are in this world there will be matter for prayer, even when we are most furnished with matter for praise. Suffering saints are often in tears; they share the calamities of human life, and commonly have a greater share than others. But they sow in tears; they do the duty of an afflicted state. Weeping must not hinder sowing; we must get good from times of affliction. And they that sow, in the tears of godly sorrow, to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting; and that will be a joyful harvest indeed. Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be for ever comforted. When we mourn for our sins, or suffer for Christ's sake, we are sowing in tears, to reap in joy. And remember that God is not mocked; for whatever a man soweth that shall he reap, Ga 6:7–9. Here, O disciple of Jesus, behold an emblem of thy present labour and future reward; the day is coming when thou shalt reap in joy, plentiful shall be thy harvest, and great shall be thy joy in the Lord.




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