Bitter and protracted persecution may make the present life nearly worthless, so far as happiness is concerned (see 1 Corinthians 15:19). There will be that; she will be the joyful mother of many bright, happy, and healthful children, who cling to her as the clusters do to the vine; but also, like the vine, she will be for the comfort and adornment of the home, imparting gracious shade and shelter from the heat (cf. And prolonged life is especially weary when a man outlives all his family and friends; and, after having been wrapped about, all his life, with family love, is dependent on strangers. Popularity relative to other verses in Psalm chapter 128 using average monthly Google searches. This shows the English words related to the source biblical texts along with brief definitions. In both the Old Testament and the New Testament, the work ethic is a cardinal principle of God's will for mankind. (first clause). Thy children like olive plants; or, "olive shoots"—the vigorous offsets from an aged olive tree, which spring up around it, ready to take its place. They and theirs shall enjoy what they get. He enjoys the satisfaction of living upon his own labor, and not upon what others have done for him. (second clause). The enjoyment of the fruits of labour a further blessing from God. The fear of sentiment has in it more awe than love, and it is only too likely to grow into demoralizing superstition, that covers and excuses self-indulgence Sentiment and superstition are always satisfied with themselves; make a center of self; and feel relieved of all claims of duty and righteousness. The self-indulgent member, the ne'er-do-well, the spendthrift, is the household anxiety. If man was beyond the need of moral training, happiness and piety might have no break between them. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. "For thou shalt eat the labor of thine hands: happy [shalt] thou [be], and [it shall be] well with thee." Had they walked in the fear of the Lord they would never have known such great evils. Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children. But there are times of bodily frailty and trying circumstance, when hope dies down in the soul. To see that God is good, watch the video at the end of this article. Or it may be largely in the sphere of the spiritual—in the cleansed and pure heart; in elevation of character; in fellowship with God. Good things will come from your work (verse 2). IT is not quite easy to see why this psalm occurs among the "Songs of Ascents." It is possible only where God's primeval law is obeyed. THE MORAL INFLUENCE OF BESTOWED BLESSINGS. FAMILY JOYS COME OUT OF FAMILY TOIL. So it always has been, and so it ever must be. Happy shalt thou be. Or it may be partly in the present and the temporal. In both the Old Testament and the New Testament, the work ethic is a cardinal principle of God's will for mankind. There are three spheres in which that reward may lie. Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord (comp. Plant a seed in the prepared ground, and that labor shall be rewarded with thirty, sixty, or a hundredfold. When a man has done his work, he is ready for his work under the next set of conditions. Supposing it were possible that we could obtain the objects of our desire without any toil or trouble, we should not enjoy them. This is a good example of the word "bless". 2. Apart from the plain teachings of Holy Scripture—. 3 Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. II. The Pulpit Commentary. "The earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof; the round world, and they that dwell therein.". THE REAPING OF THE FRUIT OF HIS LABOR. Then it is we need the cheer of visions of the city of everlasting good, and love, and life.—R.T. "Long life crowns all temporal favors." In common and united labor is found the family satisfaction. It is his love gives a relish to all we taste, puts life and sweetness into all; while every creature leads us up to the great Creator, and all earth is a scale to heaven. THE PRESERVATION OF THE FAMILY INSTITUTION. Information based on Strong's Exhaustive Concordance[1]. 3  Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table. The "good of Jerusalem" seems to mean here the "good fortune," or "prosperity," of Jerusalem. True conjugal affection, the outgrowth of mutual esteem, is a source of lasting and elevating gladness of heart, for which all who have possessed it should give heartiest thanks to the Giver of all good. This is a simplified translation of the original Hebrew word. Faith and patience are the twin sisters that accompany a man or woman of God along their journey of life. This is supposed principally to spring from the life and influence of the good man—his life is reproduced in the life of the wife and children; and they depend upon him, as the vine depends upon that to which it clings. Which is the recognition of another and all-hallowing family life. Length of life a recognition of family goodness. Even while recognizing Divine permissions of calamity, we may dwell restfully on the assurance of Divine overruling. "Happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee." Let man but keep healthy, and quick-minded to the changing interests of the passing age, and prolonged life can be nothing but a joy to him. But man has to learn to trust. For the law of nature requireth that the husband should sustain and nourish his wife and his children. SUCH A CONTINUATION RESULTS IN THE BEST, MOST OBEDIENT, LIFE. "Olive plants" are illustrated thus: "This aged and decayed tree is surrounded, as you see, by several young and thrifty shoots, which spring from the root of the venerable parent. In itself there is no special good in long life. If a man fears God and keeps his command-meats, he will, under ordinary conditions, have, as the token of Divine favor—. Yes, good is for the good; and it shall be well with those who do well. The good man, whose affections and sympathies remain pure down to old age, takes great delight in children and grandchildren, and sees in them the pledges of future peace to the Church and the country.—S. Psalms 128:2 For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy [shalt] thou [be], and [it shall be] well with thee. And under the same conditions, old men are nothing but a blessing to the state, which is kept steady by the conservative goodness of its aged members.—R.T. Are you living a blessed life? Each member is an individual with marked individuality. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Verse 2. The answer of the modern religious man to every inquiry respecting his standing and his hope, is this, "I have felt." Notice that the welfare of the family and the welfare of the state are indissolubly connected. The promise must not be regarded as universal and absolute, but as general and admitting exceptions. II. --R. P. Macmaster, in "The Baptist Magazine", 1878. Micah 4:4). THE MIND OF GOD IS EVIDENT IN REGARD TO FAMILY LIFE FROM THE NUMERICAL EQUALITY OF MEN AND WOMEN. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. HE REJOICES IN A HAPPY OLD AGE, AND IN THE COMPANIONSHIP OF HIS CHILDREN'S CHILDREN. In his home. --Martin Luther. IV. The general doctrine in Psalms 128:1 here receives a personal application: note the change to the second person: "thou shalt eat", etc. The secret of family joy is each one getting shaped to the other, so that individuality is perfected in relationship. It is not alone that God, in the beginning, gave one woman to be the wife of one man; but his will is still expressed by the equality which seems perpetual and universal in the numbers of each sex that are born. Labor is not a part of the judgment on man's fall; the conditions under which he has to labor may be. The blessedness of the righteous are first generalized, then particularized. This is not a slavish fear, but that reverent and loving regard to the Lord's will, in all things, which will make a man shrink from transgression. AND THE CHILDREN. And if a man cherishes a humble and grateful spirit, it is permissible that he enjoys the success which he has achieved, and the honor or the pleasure he has earned by patient industry. This, with the divine blessing, is all that we ought to desire, and it is sufficient for any man who fears the Lord and abhors covetousness. Conjugal. Thou shalt eat the labour, &c. — Thy labour shall not be vain and fruitless, and the fruit of thy labour shall not be taken from thee and possessed by others, as was threatened to the disobedient Deuteronomy 28., but enjoyed by thyself with comfort and satisfaction. This is the portion of God's saints, - to work, and to find a reward in so doing. 1. Happiness is the flower that grows from a thorn of sorrow transformed by man's cultivation.

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