Psalm 128:2
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New International Version
You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.

New Living Translation
You will enjoy the fruit of your labor. How joyful and prosperous you will be!

English Standard Version
You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.

New American Standard Bible
When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands, You will be happy and it will be well with you.

King James Bible
For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
You will surely eat what your hands have worked for. You will be happy, and it will go well for you.

International Standard Version
You will eat from the work of your hands; you will be happy, and it will go well for you.

NET Bible
You will eat what you worked so hard to grow. You will be blessed and secure.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
You are happy, oh man, when you will eat the toil of your hands and it is a blessing to your soul!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
You will certainly eat what your own hands have provided. Blessings to you! May things go well for you!

Jubilee Bible 2000
When thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands; happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.

King James 2000 Bible
For you shall eat the labor of your hands: happy shall you be, and it shall be well with you.

American King James Version
For you shall eat the labor of your hands: happy shall you be, and it shall be well with you.

American Standard Version
For thou shalt eat the labor of thy hands: Happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For thou shalt eat the labours of thy hands: blessed art thou, and it shall be well with thee.

Darby Bible Translation
For thou shalt eat the labour of thy hands; happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.

English Revised Version
For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
For thou shalt eat the labor of thy hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.

World English Bible
For you will eat the labor of your hands. You will be happy, and it will be well with you.

Young's Literal Translation
The labour of thy hands thou surely eatest, Happy art thou, and good is to thee.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

128:1-6 The blessings of those who fear God. - Only those who are truly holy, are truly happy. In vain do we pretend to be of those that fear God, if we do not make conscience of keeping stedfastly to his ways. Blessed is every one that fears the Lord; whether he be high or low, rich or poor in the world. If thou fear him and walk in his ways, all shall be well with thee while thou livest, better when thou diest, best of all in eternity. By the blessing of God, the godly shall get an honest livelihood. Here is a double promise; they shall have something to do, for an idle life is a miserable, uncomfortable life, and shall have health and strength, and power of mind to do it. They shall not be forced to live upon the labours of other people. It is as much a mercy as a duty, with quietness to work and eat our own bread. They and theirs shall enjoy what they get. Such as fear the Lord and walk in his ways, are the only happy persons, whatever their station in life may be. They shall have abundant comfort in their family relations. And they shall have all the good things God has promised, and which they pray for. A good man can have little comfort in seeing his children's children, unless he sees peace upon Israel. Every true believer rejoices in the prosperity of the church. Hereafter we shall see greater things, with the everlasting peace and rest that remain for the Israel of God.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 2. - For thou shalt eat the labor of thine hands. This is the first point of the "blessedness." God's faithful servant shall enjoy the fruits of his own industry, and not have them devoured by strangers (comp. Deuteronomy 28:33; Leviticus 26:16; Psalm 109:11). Happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee; rather, happy thou, and well is it with thee (comp. Deuteronomy 33:29).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

For thou shall eat the labour of thine hands,.... That is, thou that fearest the Lord, and walkest in his ways. It is an apostrophe, or address to such, even to everyone of them; instancing in one part of the blessedness that belongs to them, enjoyment of what their hands have laboured for; which may be understood both in a literal and spiritual sense: man must labour and get his bread with the sweat of his brow; he that will not work should not eat, he that does should; and a good man may have a comfortable enjoyment of the good of his labour; than which, as to temporal blessings, there is nothing better under the sun, Ecclesiastes 5:18; and, in a spiritual sense, good men labour in prayers at the throne of grace, there lifting up holy hands to God, wrestling with him for a blessing, which they enjoy; they labour in attendance on the word and ordinances, for the meat which endures to everlasting life; and they find the word and eat it, and Christ in it, whose flesh is meat indeed; and feed by faith on it, to the joy and comfort of their souls;

happy shall thou be, and it shall be well with thee; or, to thy soul, as the Syriac version; happy as to temporal things, and well as to spiritual ones: such having an apparent special interest in the love, grace, mercy, and delight of God; in his providence, protection, and care; in the supplies of his grace, and in his provisions for his people, in time and eternity. It is well with such that felt God, in life and at death, at judgment and for ever: and the Targum is,

"thou art blessed in this world, and it shall be well with thee in the world to come;''

and so Arama.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

2. For thou shalt eat—that is, It is a blessing to live on the fruits of one's own industry.

Psalm 128:2 Additional Commentaries
Context
Blessed are All who Walk in His Ways
1A Song of Ascents. How blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, Who walks in His ways. 2When you shall eat of the fruit of your hands, You will be happy and it will be well with you. 3Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine Within your house, Your children like olive plants Around your table.…
Cross References
Ephesians 6:3
"so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."

Psalm 1:3
That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither-- whatever they do prospers.

Psalm 109:11
May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor.

Psalm 127:5
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.

Ecclesiastes 8:12
Although a wicked person who commits a hundred crimes may live a long time, I know that it will go better with those who fear God, who are reverent before him.

Isaiah 3:10
Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruit of their deeds.

Jeremiah 22:15
"Does it make you a king to have more and more cedar? Did not your father have food and drink? He did what was right and just, so all went well with him.

Haggai 2:17
I struck all the work of your hands with blight, mildew and hail, yet you did not return to me,' declares the LORD.
Treasury of Scripture

For you shall eat the labor of your hands: happy shall you be, and it shall be well with you.

thou shalt eat

Genesis 3:19 In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return to …

Deuteronomy 28:4,11,39,41 Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your ground, …

Judges 6:3-6 And so it was, when Israel had sown, that the Midianites came up, …

Ecclesiastes 5:18,19 Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat …

Isaiah 62:8 The LORD has sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, …

Isaiah 65:13,21-23 Therefore thus said the Lord GOD, Behold, my servants shall eat, …

and it shall

Ecclesiastes 8:12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, …

Isaiah 3:10 Say you to the righteous, that it shall be well with him: for they …

Jeremiah 22:15 Shall you reign, because you close yourself in cedar? did not your …

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be you steadfast, unmovable, always …

Ephesians 6:3 That it may be well with you, and you may live long on the earth.

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