New International Version
Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.
New Living Translation
How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.
English Standard Version
Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
New American Standard Bible
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate.
King James Bible
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
Happy is the man who has filled his quiver with them. Such men will never be put to shame when they speak with their enemies at the city gate.
International Standard Version
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be ashamed as they confront their enemies at the city gate.
How blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! They will not be put to shame when they confront enemies at the city gate.
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Blessed is the man who will fill his quiver with them, and they will not be ashamed when speaking with the enemy in the gate.
GOD'S WORD® Translation
Blessed is the man who has filled his quiver with them. He will not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the city gate.
JPS Tanakh 1917
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them; They shall not be put to shame, When they speak with their enemies in the gate.
New American Standard 1977
How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;
They shall not be ashamed,
When they speak with their enemies in the gate.
Parallel CommentariesMatthew 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.
Verse 5. - Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them. Happy the man whose quiver contains many such arrows, and who is thus sure of abundant protection. They shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate; rather, when they shall speak (Hengstenberg, Kay, Cheyne, Revised Version). "The gate" was the place where judgment was given, and where consequently adversaries were apt to meet, as they pushed their respective causes. There might be collisions on such occasions; and, in any case, a man with several lusty sons to take his part would have an advantage.
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them,.... That is, his house full of them; called a quiver, referring to arrows before mentioned, this being the case in which they are put up: to have many children was always reckoned a great temporal blessing and happiness; see Job 1:2. The Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Ethiopic, and Arabic versions, render it, "that fills his desire" has as many as he desires or wishes for: the Targum,
"who fills his school of them:''
so Jarchi interprets the children, of the disciples of the wise men. It may be applied to young converts, the children of Christ and of the church; which, when numerous, is a blessing to him and her; see Isaiah 49:20;
they shall not be ashamed; the father and his children, as Aben Ezra; parents rather are meant, who are not ashamed when they have many children: with the Romans (z), those that had wives and children were preferred in honour to senior persons that had none; and they that had most to those that had fewest; and so with the Persians; See Gill on Esther 5:11;
but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate: where courts of judicature were kept; and so the Targum,
"in the gate of the house of judgment.''
The sense is, that their children should stand and plead the cause of their parents against their adversaries in courts of judicature; or publicly before the eyes of all, as Aben Ezra: and spiritually may design such of Christ's seed who are set for the defence of the Gospel, are valiant for the truth on earth, and earnestly contend for it; meet the enemy in the gate, publicly oppose him, and behave themselves like men, and are strong.
(z) A. Gell. Noct. Attic. l. 2. c. 15.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary
5. adversaries in the gate—or place of public business (compare Job 5:4; Ps 69:12).
Psalm 127:5 Additional Commentaries
Unless the Lord Builds
…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.
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."
So Hamor and his son Shechem went to the gate of their city to speak to the men of their city.
You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.
Wisdom is too high for fools; in the assembly at the gate they must not open their mouths.
Be wise, my son, and bring joy to my heart; then I can answer anyone who treats me with contempt.
those who with a word make someone out to be guilty, who ensnare the defender in court and with false testimony deprive the innocent of justice.
For I know how many are your offenses and how great your sins. There are those who oppress the innocent and take bribes and deprive the poor of justice in the courts.
Treasury of Scripture
Happy is the man that has his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
his quiver full of them. Heb. filled his quiver with them.
speak. or, subdue
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