Psalm 127:4
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New International Version
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one's youth.

New Living Translation
Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior's hands.

English Standard Version
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one’s youth.

New American Standard Bible
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one's youth.

King James Bible
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons born in one's youth.

International Standard Version
As arrows in the hand of a warrior, so also are children born during one's youth.

NET Bible
Sons born during one's youth are like arrows in a warrior's hand.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Like an arrow in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of the youth.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The children born to a man when he is young are like arrows in the hand of a warrior.

Jubilee Bible 2000
As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, so are the young men.

King James 2000 Bible
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

American King James Version
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

American Standard Version
As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, So are the children of youth.

Douay-Rheims Bible
As arrows in the hand of the mighty, so the children of them that have been shaken.

Darby Bible Translation
As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, so are the children of youth.

English Revised Version
As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, so are the children of youth.

Webster's Bible Translation
As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man: so are children of the youth.

World English Bible
As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, so are the children of youth.

Young's Literal Translation
As arrows in the hand of a mighty one, So are the sons of the young men.
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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 4. - As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth; rather, the children of youth; i.e. children born to a man in his youth. Such children protect their aged parents as effectually as arrows in the hand of a warrior.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man,.... Are shot out with great strength; come with much force, and do execution, and do not return in vain; with which men defend themselves, and annoy their enemies; see Jeremiah 50:9;

so are children of the youth: not young children, or children in their youth; but such who are born to their parents when they are in their youth; and which are generally healthful and strong, and their parents live to see them grown up; and who are useful to protect them, and defend their persons and properties from enemies when grown old and feeble, and unable to defend themselves: whereas children born to them in old age are generally unhealthy and weak; and besides, their parents rarely live to see them brought up, or to be helpful to them. So Christ's spiritual seed and offspring, who are the dew of his youth, are strong, and overcome the evil one; and are serviceable in the defence of his cause and interest.



Psalm 127:4 Additional Commentaries
Context
Unless the Lord Builds
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. 5How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate.
Cross References
Psalm 112:2
Their children will be mighty in the land; the generation of the upright will be blessed.

Psalm 120:4
He will punish you with a warrior's sharp arrows, with burning coals of the broom bush.
Treasury of Scripture

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Proverbs 31:28 Her children arise up, and call her blessed; her husband also, and …

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