Psalm 127 fresh Bible study

I heard part of a sermon today on Psalm 127. I’ve heard the main emphasis before about having a full quiver, being blessed, etc., and decided I wanted to do my own study before the sermon, since I had prior notice on the sermon verses to be used. I spent time looking into the context and the main message I believe it has in it. It was eye-opening. Follow along with my thoughts on this 5 verse Psalm.

Psalm 127:1- A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh [but] in vain. (2) [It 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. (3) Lo, children [are] an heritage of the LORD: [and] the fruit of the womb [is his] reward. (4) As arrows [are] in the hand of a mighty man; so [are] children of the youth. (5) Happy [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. (KJV)

And in the ESV —

Psalm 127 (1) A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. (2) It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. (3) Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord , the fruit of the womb a reward. (4) Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth. (5) Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate. (ESV) had a concordance entry here:


1) possession, property, inheritance, heritage
a) property
b) portion, share
c) inheritance, portion

A great Old Testament verse using the term “heritage” is in this:

Isaiah 54:17 “no weapon that is fashioned against you shall succeed, and you shall confute every tongue that rises against you in judgment. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord and their vindication from me, declares the Lord .”

Here we have the entry for the word “reward”:

hebrew: sä·kär’

1) hire, wages
a) wages
b) reward, pay
c) fare, fee, passage-money

I believe that Psalm 127 is a Hebrew Compare/Contrast message, where it’s saying, “Hey, don’t worry about all the plans for development, toiling in anxiety — God gives you rest (sleep). Your CHILDREN are your pay, wages, reward! Look at THEM as your blessing, not just the pay for all this other stuff you’re working on.”

In an upcoming post, I’ll share the rest of what I discovered in this personal journey through the Bible regarding what it means to be “blessed” or “happy”.

Go here for part 2.


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