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Psalms 128:2-6


128:2 You 1  will eat what you worked so hard to grow. 2 

You will be blessed and secure. 3 

128:3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine 4 

in the inner rooms of your house;

your children 5  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. 6 

128:5 May the Lord bless you 7  from Zion,

that you might see 8  Jerusalem 9  prosper

all the days of your life,

128:6 and that you might see 10  your grandchildren. 11 

May Israel experience peace! 12 

1 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.

2 tn Heb “the work of your hands, indeed you will eat.”

3 tn Heb “how blessed you [will be] and it will be good for you.”

4 sn The metaphor of the fruitful vine pictures the wife as fertile; she will give her husband numerous children (see the next line).

5 tn One could translate “sons” (see Ps 127:3 and the note on the word “sons” there), but here the term seems to refer more generally to children of both genders.

6 tn Heb “look, indeed thus will the man, the fearer of the Lord, be blessed.”

7 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.

8 tn The imperative with prefixed vav (ו) conjunctive indicates purpose/result after the preceding jussive.

9 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

10 tn The imperative with prefixed vav (ו) conjunctive indicates purpose/result after the jussive in v. 5a.

11 tn Heb “sons to your sons.”

12 tn Heb “peace [be] upon Israel.” The statement is understood as a prayer (see Ps 125:5).

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