You will be blessed and secure. 3
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
all the days of your life,
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).
6 tn Heb “look, indeed thus will the man, the fearer of the
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.
11 tn Heb “sons to your sons.”