A song of ascents. 2
each one who keeps his commands! 4
You will be blessed and secure. 7
in the inner rooms of your house;
your children 9 will be like olive branches,
as they sit all around your table.
128:4 Yes indeed, the man who fears the Lord
will be blessed in this way. 10
all the days of your life,
May Israel experience peace! 16
2 sn The precise significance of this title, which appears in Pss 120-134, is unclear. Perhaps worshipers recited these psalms when they ascended the road to Jerusalem to celebrate annual religious festivals. For a discussion of their background see L. C. Allen, Psalms 101-150 (WBC), 219-21.
3 tn Heb “every fearer of the
4 tn Heb “the one who walks in his ways.”
5 tn The psalmist addresses the representative God-fearing man, as indicated by the references to “your wife” (v. 3) and “the man” (v. 4), as well as the second masculine singular pronominal and verbal forms in vv. 2-6.
6 tn Heb “the work of your hands, indeed you will eat.”
7 tn Heb “how blessed you [will be] and it will be good for you.”
8 sn The metaphor of the fruitful vine pictures the wife as fertile; she will give her husband numerous children (see the next line).
10 tn Heb “look, indeed thus will the man, the fearer of the
11 tn The prefixed verbal form is understood as a jussive of prayer (note the imperatives that are subordinated to this clause in vv. 5b-6a). Having described the blessings that typically come to the godly, the psalmist concludes by praying that this ideal may become reality for the representative godly man being addressed.
12 tn The imperative with prefixed vav (ו) conjunctive indicates purpose/result after the preceding jussive.
15 tn Heb “sons to your sons.”