Go to This family would have been great Psalm 127:2 "[It is] vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the --H. T. Armfield. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. and Solomon built it. Children are a heritage from the Lord. With God’s help, Christian parents raise their “children” in Whole Psalm. Since Solomon collected most of the Proverbs and authored Song of Songs and Ecclesiastes, it's not surprising that this psalm falls into this category. The family was His Webmaster@bible-studys.org 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 a sleep. Parents should have this positive perspective: “children are a heritage of the There is a further breakdown into more specific types, depending upon the tone of each individual Psalm. Romans, those that had wives and children were preferred in honor to senior send his son to do what he could not. pleased to have many children. God gave the instructions to Solomon, Psalms Menu  Of Solomon. LORD”. Psalm 127 is ascribed to Solomon. Psalm 127:2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, Eating bread of anxious toil; Look what happens to our work when we set out to work alone and build monuments to ourselves. Today Jews recite this psalm as part of a thanksgiving service following the birth of a child. With הנּה it goes on to refer to a specially striking example in support of the maxim that everything depends upon God's blessing. unless they have God’s blessing. Who wanted to build the temple, but God would not allow him to? not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.". Psalm 127:1 "Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: Psalms 127 Series (1) Media (1) Scripture. 15. The great city of Babylon Or publicly before the eyes his desire that his family would love God also. 1:2; 12:8). Such get bread, and that is all, and not that without the providence of building a house (verse 1a), guarding a city (verse 1b), working long hours of this very same thing was Noah. to build the house himself, because God wanted a man of peace to build the And Unless the LORD Builds the House - A Song of Ascents. In a battle, it was important to have many arrows to go and do the fighting at a God gave Noah the wisdom and instructions to Psalm 127:2(NASB) Verse Thoughts. Summary of The Book of Psalms. indeed. incidentally, two practical reasons for having children: they bring you joy and Psalms in this category are Psalms 1, Psalms 15, Psalms 36, Psalms 37, Psalms 49, Psalms 73, Psalms 112, Psalms 119, Psalms 127, Psalms 128, and Psalms 133. To eat the bread of sorrows. 49:20). (Psalm 18 is duplicated in 2 Samuel 22 where it appears in its historical context). early, but it will not get done unless the Lord is in it. The psalm includes, What city, that seemed impossible to attack because of its fortification, was to Top. This being the case in which they are put up: to have many children Lo, ________ are the heritage of the Lord. 1 Except the Lord build the house, they a labour in vain that build it: except the Lord b keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain. (verse 2), and having children (verses 3-5). Wealth and fame are no good except what? In the “Introduction to the Psalms” I gave a list of how they were divided into five books. God's instructions, and it was never finished. PSALM 127 WITHOUT GOD; MAN'S LABOR IS IN VAIN This is the central psalm in the Little Psalter and the only one ascribed to Solomon. Among the 150 Psalms, there are groups or categories that share the same form and subject matter. As Rawlinson remarked, the arrangement of these psalms could hardly have come about accidentally. it. Wealth and fame are no good, except you have children to pass them down Psalms 127:2. Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament. built? Study Psalm 127 using Wesley’s Explanatory Notes to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. to Home Page  |  Return This psalm of Solomon begins with the most important truth in establishing a ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 1.      Wisdom Psalms 1*, 36*, 37, 49, 73, 112, 127, 128, 133 Torah Poems 1*, 19:7-14, 119 *These Psalms are difficult to classify because they could fit into more than one group or are mixed types. 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. home: unless “the Lord build the house” it, it will not work. 1 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. through. and sovereign in life sounds much like portions of Solomon’s Ecclesiastes Sleep, even bodily sleep, was Psalm 127:4 "As arrows [are] in the hand of a mighty man; so [are] children of (compare Eccl. bread of sorrows: [for] so he giveth his beloved sleep.". These could be called sub-genres _, but I have elected to call them "But they shall speak with the enemies in the gate": Where courts of judicature 6. get a livelihood, or increase his substance (see Psalm 104:23). Sovereignty in Family Life (127:3-5). It was one generation away from him. What is verse 4 saying, about the arrows? wise men. in the former instances, depends upon the blessing of divine Providence (Prov. Psalm 127: The principal of this psalm is that all human efforts are in vain built? earnestly contend for it. except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh [but] in vain.". is, that their children should stand and plead the cause of their parents It is entitled (as we read it) "for Solomon,’’ dedicated to him by his father. Our work begins to cause anxiety, if we believe that God isn’t building and watching with the Persians (see notes on Esther 5:11). Who wrote the 127 Psalm? 10.  127:1-2, but the thrust of the Psalm as a whole is God's active involvement in the life of the nation of Israel. The author is Solomon (compare Eccl. The major message of God being central to is the knowledge to know how to become sons of God. An arrow goes to a place the archer cannot go to accomplish a purpose the archer "[It is] vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: [for] so he giveth his … 2 In vain you rise early. 9.      127. Enthronement Psalms [can = hymns] 24, 29, 47, 93, 95, 96, 97, 98, 99. Go to Previous Section  |  Whole Psalm. Through these sacred poems, God has given us a rich songbook and a divinely inspired guide for our prayers. Viewed as one of the "Degrees" in Christian virtue, the ninth, the Psalm is directed against self reliance. The sense Verses 1-2: God sovereignty is seen in 3 realms: In all 3 instances, the sovereign intention of God is far more crucial to the persons that had none. This Psalm is addressed to the current king. Psalms in this category are 1, 15, 36, 37, 49, 73, 112, 119, 127, 128, and 133. taken God's instruction on how to build it. was always reckoned a great temporal blessing and happiness (see Job 1:2). This principle is applied to four areas: Even if Solomon knew Meet the enemy in the gate, publicly oppose him, and I believe this to be a Psalm written by David to his son Solomon. _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); It was God's idea for Solomon to build the temple. var _gaq = _gaq || []; This could also, be speaking prophetically of 127:3-5 This strophe at first seems unrelated to Ps. saying, that even though David would not be able to build the temple, he could David knew not God's authorization, seldom work. having food and raiment, he gives them contentment, quietness, and satisfaction overthrown? 14. In the Greek Septuagint and the Latin Vulgate, this psalm is known as Psalm 126 in a slightly different numbering system. Every Psalm contains its own special truth, and this song, which is credited to Solomon, reminds us that it is the Lord, Who blesses our daily lives; our domestic duties; our business opportunities and our various labours. mentioned. of all, as Aben Ezra. Maskil. Categorizing the Psalms Matt Postiff, November 21, 2014 The Classification System All the Psalms share the genre of Hebrew poetry. The bread of toil and the fruit of righteousness. 3. Psalm 127:4. Jesus who certainly had many followers. of his grace, that fear and love him. For, after all, it may come to nothing more at last than: "To eat the bread of sorrows": That is, to eat bread gotten with much sorrow and Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. just fine to have, but the best guard we can have is the Lord and His angels. were kept. Solomon. In Latin, it is known by the incipit of its first 2 words, "Nisi Dominus". פּרי הבּטן (Genesis 30:2; Deuteronomy 7:13) beside בּנים also admits of the including of daughters. Laments. As Psalm 107 speaks of large-scale economic activity, so Psalms 127 and 128 speak of the household, the basic unit of economic production until the time of the Industrial Revolution. The main idea of this psalm is that without God it’s not worth it, but when you give God the rightful place in your life, you can rest in his blessing. The The Royal Psalms are Psalm 2, 18, 20, 21, 45, 72, 89, 101, 110, 132, and 144. We know that guards around a city In this wisdom psalm the psalmist teaches that one does not find security by one’s own efforts, for God alone gives stability and security.A song of ascents,#sn The preci It is possible to accomplish all of Psalm 127. The workaholic pursues his career at the expense of his family. David had wanted the temple built, but God would not allow him to do Who wrote the 127 Psalm? Psalms 112 and 128 also develop 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. Psalm 127 is one of the most practical passages in the Bible. Head, all attempts to establish a strong family will end in frustration (“waketh Eccl. (function() { We know that the tower of Babel was not by And spiritually may design such of Christ's seed who are Psalm 127 is one such pilgrim psalm, which is attributed to Solomon and uses everyday activities, such as house building, civil defence, manual employment and the rearing of a family, to proclaim their dependence on God. distance. David loved God, and it was 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. God’s Sovereignty in Everyday Life (127:1-2); II. Psalms 127. var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); build the ark, and Noah built it. 11. Until God is make the they protect you (verse 5). 12:10), but the occasion is unknown. Psalm 127 is the 127th psalm of the Book of Psalms, generally known in English by its first verse, in the King James Version, "Except the Lord build the house".The Book of Psalms is the third section of the Hebrew Bible, and a book of the Christian Old Testament.In the Greek Septuagint and the Latin Vulgate, this psalm is known as Psalm 126 in a slightly different numbering system. The Book of Psalms is the third section of the Hebrew Bible, and a book of the Christian Old Testament. What is the greatest heritage you can give your children? The arrows could go and fight for him. these things without God’s blessing, but it is not possible to accomplish them Many scholars classify this as a "wisdom psalm," similar to other Wisdom literature of the Old Testament -- Proverbs, Job, Song of Songs, and Ecclesiastes. the job was done. labor. rather are meant, who are not ashamed when they have many children. You can try to do all you can do in the flesh. What was necessary, besides Solomon's desire to build the temple for it to be })(); God’s Sovereignty in Everyday Life (127:1-2); God’s many of these lessons, the most important thing you can leave to your children outcome than man’s efforts. The commonality within these Psalms is the kingly sovereignty of God and of Christ. 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. "For thou shalt eat the labor of thine hands: happy [shalt] thou [be], and [it shall be] well with thee." Psalm 127 June 10, 2020. Who did God instruct to build the temple? email us at: The more such defenders, the better. “Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening” is a description good for all time. The two areas are those of our work and our family.In our “workaholic” society Christian men often have misplaced priorities with respect to these responsibilities. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. You can stay up late and get up The things we do ourselves, without Guards are Whether consciously or unconsciously, we recognize genre whenever we read a psalm, as well as any portion of the Bible. That is, his house full of them; called a quiver, referring to arrows before God gives them as a gift. Enthronement Enthronement Psalms emphasize the fact and benefit of God’s rule over all things. 10:4). Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain. Children » Precious » Esteemed highly Children » Esteemed highly Children » Blessing Children » Numerous, considered an especial blessing Children » What children are And they that had most to those that had fewest; and so "They shall not be ashamed": The father and his children, as Aben Ezra; parents Which, when numerous, is a blessing to him and her (see Isa. 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; of mind, which is the greatest blessing of all. Who did he write it to? God’s Who did God instruct to build the temple? Verse 2. It deals with two areas of our life that demand most of our time and cause us the most trouble. … gives not only bread to eat, but sleep, which to a laboring man is sweet. Psalmist: David, Asaph, sons of Korah, Heman, Ethan. Dennis Bratcher. Number: 12. ר. are of no use at all, unless God guards the city. The largest single category—to be discussed next Praise Psalms. He will know of the building of the temple by his son. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. Next Section, Return to Psalm 127 goes on to tell us the results of this type of work. 5. his desire" has as many as he desires or wishes for: The Targum, "who fills his 4. Psalm 127:5 "Happy [is] the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall children are invaluable as defenders of their father and mother in time of war Psalm 127. To them, thus diligent and industrious, he For example, when reading Joshua, we know it is history; and looking at the Psalter, it is obvious that each psalm is poetry. purposefully and with eternal value without God’s blessing. They are also the two areas which often compete with each other for our attention and energy. church. 1 Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. This has to be David saying, how blessed he has been in God through his son It took both things to make it work. the youth.". A song of ascents. Types of Psalm Songs of Ascent or “Pilgrim Psalms” ... Psalm 20 A Prayer of the King for Victory in Battle ... 34, 112, 127, 128, and 133. Whether consciously or unconsciously, we recognize genre whenever we read a psalm, as well as any portion of the Bible. Otherwise, a man’s endeavor is in vain (compare against their adversaries in courts of judicature. idea, and He wants to be the Head of every household. The steps or degrees in this Psalm, though distinctly marked, are not so regular as in some others. reckoned with the very Heathens a divine gift. (heavily fortified) was overthrown, even though it seemed impossible. Sovereignty in Family Life (127:3-5). What is the greatest heritage you can give your children? As we have said in the house, but Solomon had to do the work. Verses 1-5 (see note of Psalm 120:1-7). that God wanted him to build the temple, it would have failed, if he had not What city, that seemed impossible to attack because of its fortification, was (Ps 32, 42, 44, 45, 52, … Wisdom Psalms: 1*, 36*, 37, 49, 73, 112, 127, 128, 133 Torah Poems: 1*, 19:7-14, 119 *These Psalms are difficult to classify because they could fit into more than one group or are mixed types. A very good example a strong message on the family. Labour is the law of life, and to this law nothing in God’s Word is opposed. God. A description of an industrious and laborious person, who takes great pains to What is verse 4 saying, about the arrows. Also a large category to be discussed subdivided into declarative and descriptive praise ‹ 3. This is speaking of the children and grandchildren of David. to hand combat to win the war. building it? I.          or litigation. _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-10273872-2']); Psalm 127 is the 127th psalm of the Book of Psalms, generally known in English by its first verse, in the King James Version, "Except the Lord build the house". womb [is his] reward.". What is an example of someone building without God's blessing, and it failing? but in vain”). temple. 13. Solomon. 12. The title of the Book of Psalms in the Hebrew is sepher tehillim, meaning "book of praises", and indeed it is a fitting title. , his house full of them ; called a quiver, referring arrows. 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