ב וַיָּשֶׂם פִּי כְּחֶרֶב חַדָּה, בְּצֵל יָדוֹ הֶחְבִּיאָנִי; וַיְשִׂימֵנִי
לְחֵץ בָּרוּר, בְּאַשְׁפָּתוֹ הִסְתִּירָנִי.
A song of ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the LORD build the house, they labor in vain who build. Unless the LORD guard the city, in vain does the guard keep watch.
It is vain for you to rise early and put off your rest at night, To eat bread earned by hard toil– all this God gives to his beloved in sleep.
Children too are a gift from the LORD, the fruit of the womb, a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children born in one’s youth.
Blessed are they whose quivers are full. They will never be shamed contending with foes at the gate.
This psalm puts together two proverbs (Psalm 127:1-2, 3-5) on God establishing “houses” or families. The prosperity of human groups is not the work of humans but the gift of God.
At the gate: the reference is not to enemies besieging the walls of a city but to adversaries in litigation. Courts of law functioned in the open area near the main city gate. The more adult sons a man had, the more forceful he would appear in disputes. (Proverb 31:23).
Psalm 45, a love song.
My heart is overflowing with good news.
I will direct my song to the king.
My tongue is a pen for a skillful writer.
You are the most handsome of Adam’s descendants.
Grace is poured on your lips.
That is why God has blessed you forever.
warrior, strap your sword to your side
with your splendor and majesty.
Ride on victoriously in your majesty
for the cause of truth, humility, and righteousness.
Let your right hand teach you awe-inspiring things.
Your arrows are sharp in the heart of the king’s enemies. Nations fall beneath you.
Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.
The scepter in your kingdom is a scepter for justice.
You have loved what is right and hated what is wrong.
That is why God, your God, has anointed you,
rather than your companions, with the oil of joy.
All your robes are fragrant with myrrh, aloes, and cassia.
From ivory palaces the music of stringed instruments delights you.
The daughters of kings are among your noble ladies.
The queen takes her place at your right hand
and wears gold from Ophir.
Listen, daughter! Look closely!
Turn your ear toward me.
Forget your people, and forget your father’s house.
The king longs for your beauty.
He is your Lord.
The people of Tyre, the richest people,
want to win your favor with a gift.
The daughter of the king is glorious inside the palace.
Her dress is embroidered with gold.
Wearing a colorful gown, she is brought to the king.
Her bridesmaids follow her.
They will be brought to you.
With joy and delight they are brought in.
They enter the palace of the king.
Your sons will take the place of your father.
You will make them princes over the whole earth.
I will cause your name to be remembered throughout every generation.
That is why the nations will give thanks to you forever and ever.
The LORD Is on Our Side
Is it possible to rescue victims from someone strong and cruel?
But the LORD has promised to fight on our side and to rescue our children from those strong and violent enemies.
He will make those cruel people dine on their own flesh
and get drunk from drinking their own blood.
Then everyone will know that the LORD is our Savior;
the powerful God of Israel has rescued his people.