Psalm 127:3
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New International Version
Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.

New Living Translation
Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from him.

English Standard Version
Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward.

New American Standard Bible
Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.

King James Bible
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Sons are indeed a heritage from the LORD, children, a reward.

International Standard Version
Children are a gift from the LORD; a productive womb, the LORD's reward.

NET Bible
Yes, sons are a gift from the LORD, the fruit of the womb is a reward.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For the inheritance of Lord Jehovah is children, the reward of the fruit of the womb.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Children are an inheritance from the LORD. They are a reward from him.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Behold, sons are a heritage of the LORD, and the fruit of the womb is to be desired.

King James 2000 Bible
Lo, children are a heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

American King James Version
See, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

American Standard Version
Lo, children are a heritage of Jehovah; And the fruit of the womb is his reward.

Douay-Rheims Bible
behold the inheritance of the Lord are children: the reward, the fruit of the womb.

Darby Bible Translation
Lo, children are an inheritance from Jehovah, [and] the fruit of the womb a reward.

English Revised Version
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

Webster's Bible Translation
Lo, children are a heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

World English Bible
Behold, children are a heritage of Yahweh. The fruit of the womb is his reward.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, an inheritance of Jehovah are sons, A reward is the fruit of the womb.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

127:1-5 The value of the Divine blessing. - Let us always look to God's providence. In all the affairs and business of a family we must depend upon his blessing. 1. For raising a family. If God be not acknowledged, we have no reason to expect his blessing; and the best-laid plans fail, unless he crowns them with success. 2. For the safety of a family or a city. Except the Lord keep the city, the watchmen, though they neither slumber nor sleep, wake but in vain; mischief may break out, which even early discoveries may not be able to prevent. 3. For enriching a family. Some are so eager upon the world, that they are continually full of care, which makes their comforts bitter, and their lives a burden. All this is to get money; but all in vain, except God prosper them: while those who love the Lord, using due diligence in their lawful callings, and casting all their care upon him, have needful success, without uneasiness or vexation. Our care must be to keep ourselves in the love of God; then we may be easy, whether we have little or much of this world. But we must use the proper means very diligently. Children are God's gifts, a heritage, and a reward; and are to be accounted blessings, and not burdens: he who sends mouths, will send meat, if we trust in him. They are a great support and defence to a family. Children who are young, may be directed aright to the mark, God's glory, and the service of their generation; but when they are gone into the world, they are arrows out of the hand, it is too late to direct them then. But these arrows in the hand too often prove arrows in the heart, a grief to godly parents. Yet, if trained according to God's word, they generally prove the best defence in declining years, remembering their obligations to their parents, and taking care of them in old age. All earthly comforts are uncertain, but the Lord will assuredly comfort and bless those who serve him; and those who seek the conversion of sinners, will find that their spiritual children are their joy and crown in the day of Jesus Christ.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 3. - Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord. The teaching is enforced by an example. The prosperity, alike of states and of individuals, depends on nothing so much as on an abundant progeny of children. But children are manifestly the free gift of God. And the fruit of the womb is his reward. One of the ways in which he rewards his faithful ones (see Deuteronomy 28:10:11).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord,.... As all success, safety, and the blessings of life, depend on the providence of God; so this very great blessing is a gift of his; having children, and those good ones, as the Targum interprets it; for of such only can it be understood: so, in a spiritual sense, the children of Christ, the antitypical Solomon, are the gifts of his heavenly Father to him; his portion and inheritance, and a goodly heritage he esteems them;

and the fruit of the womb is his reward; "fruit" (y) is the same with "children" in the preceding clause; see Luke 1:42; a reward he gives to good men, not of debt, but of grace; the Targum,

"a reward of good works:''

so regenerate persons are a reward to Christ, of his sufferings and death, Isaiah 53:10.

(y) "Nascitur ad fructum mulier", Claudian. in Eutrop. l. 1. v. 331.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

3-5. Posterity is often represented as a blessing from God (Ge 30:2, 18; 1Sa 1:19, 20). Children are represented as the defenders (arrows) of their parents in war, and in litigation.

Psalm 127:3 Additional Commentaries
Context
Unless the Lord Builds
2It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. 3Behold, children are a gift of the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward. 4Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one's youth.…
Cross References
Genesis 1:28
God blessed them and said to them, "Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground."

Genesis 25:21
Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.

Genesis 33:5
Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. "Who are these with you?" he asked. Jacob answered, "They are the children God has graciously given your servant."

Genesis 48:4
and said to me, 'I am going to make you fruitful and increase your numbers. I will make you a community of peoples, and I will give this land as an everlasting possession to your descendants after you.'

Deuteronomy 7:13
He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers. He will bless the fruit of your womb, the crops of your land--your grain, new wine and olive oil--the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.

Deuteronomy 28:4
The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock--the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.

Joshua 24:3
But I took your father Abraham from the land beyond the Euphrates and led him throughout Canaan and gave him many descendants. I gave him Isaac,

Joshua 24:4
and to Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. I assigned the hill country of Seir to Esau, but Jacob and his family went down to Egypt.

Psalm 113:9
He settles the childless woman in her home as a happy mother of children. Praise the LORD.

Isaiah 13:18
Their bows will strike down the young men; they will have no mercy on infants, nor will they look with compassion on children.
Treasury of Scripture

See, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

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Psalm 128:3,4 Your wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of your house: …

Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, …

Genesis 15:4,5 And, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, This shall …

Genesis 24:60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said to her, You are our sister, be …

Genesis 30:1,2 And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied …

Genesis 33:5 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and …

Genesis 41:51,52 And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said …

Genesis 48:4 And said to me, Behold, I will make you fruitful, and multiply you, …

Deuteronomy 28:4 Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your ground, …

Joshua 24:3,4 And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, …

1 Samuel 1:19,20,27 And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the …

1 Samuel 2:20,21 And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The LORD give you …

1 Chronicles 28:5 And of all my sons…

Isaiah 8:18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are for signs …

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