127:1(A Song of degrees for Solomon.) Except the LORD a
build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except
the LORD keep the b city, the watchman waketh [but] in
(a) That is, govern and dispose all things pertaining to
(b) The public estate of the commonwealth.
127:2 [It is] vain for c you to rise up early, to sit up late,
to eat the bread d of sorrows: [for] so he giveth his
beloved e sleep.
(c) Who watch and ward and are also magistrates and rulers
of the city.
(d) Either that which is gained by hard labour, or eaten
with grief of mind.
(e) Not exempting them from labour, but making their
labours comfortable and as it were a rest.
127:4 As arrows [are] in the hand of a mighty man; so [are] f
children of the youth.
(f) That is, endued with strength and virtues from God:
for these are signs of God's blessings, and not the
127:5 Happy [is] the man that hath his quiver full of them: they
g shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the
enemies in the gate.
(g) Such children will be able to stop their adversaries
mouths, when their godly life is maliciously accused