Psalm 129:8
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New International Version
May those who pass by not say to them, "The blessing of the LORD be on you; we bless you in the name of the LORD."

New Living Translation
And may those who pass by refuse to give them this blessing: "The LORD bless you; we bless you in the LORD's name."

English Standard Version
nor do those who pass by say, “The blessing of the LORD be upon you! We bless you in the name of the LORD!”

New American Standard Bible
Nor do those who pass by say, "The blessing of the LORD be upon you; We bless you in the name of the LORD."

King James Bible
Neither do they which go by say, The blessing of the LORD be upon you: we bless you in the name of the LORD.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then none who pass by will say," May the LORD's blessing be on you." We bless you in the name of Yahweh.

International Standard Version
And may those who pass by never tell them, "May the LORD's blessing be upon you. We bless you in the name of the LORD."

NET Bible
Those who pass by will not say, "May you experience the LORD's blessing! We pronounce a blessing on you in the name of the LORD."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Neither do those who pass through say, “The blessing of Lord Jehovah be upon you; we bless you in The Name of Lord Jehovah.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Those who pass by will never say [to them], "May you be blessed by the LORD" or "We bless you in the name of the LORD."

Jubilee Bible 2000
Neither did those who go by say, The blessing of the LORD be upon you; we bless you in the name of the LORD.

King James 2000 Bible
Neither do they who go by say, The blessing of the LORD be upon you: we bless you in the name of the LORD.

American King James Version
Neither do they which go by say, The blessing of the LORD be on you: we bless you in the name of the LORD.

American Standard Version
Neither do they that go by say, The blessing of Jehovah be upon you; We bless you in the name of Jehovah.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And they that have passed by have not said: The blessing of the Lord be upon you: we have blessed you in the name of the Lord.

Darby Bible Translation
Neither do the passers-by say, The blessing of Jehovah be upon you; we bless you in the name of Jehovah!

English Revised Version
Neither do they which go by say, The blessing of the LORD be upon you; we bless you in the name of the LORD.

Webster's Bible Translation
Neither do they who go by, say, The blessing of the LORD be upon you: we bless you in the name of the LORD.

World English Bible
Neither do those who go by say, "The blessing of Yahweh be on you. We bless you in the name of Yahweh." A Song of Ascents.

Young's Literal Translation
And the passers by have not said, 'The blessing of Jehovah is on you, We blessed you in the Name of Jehovah!'
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

129:5-8 While God's people shall flourish as the loaded palm-tree, or the green and fruitful olive, their enemies shall wither as the grass upon the house-tops, which in eastern countries are flat, and what grows there never ripens; so it is with the designs of God's enemies. No wise man will pray the Lord to bless these mowers or reapers. And when we remember how Jesus arose and reigns; how his people have been supported, like the burning but unconsumed bush, we shall not fear.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 8. - Neither do they which go by say, The blessing of the Lord be upon you; we bless you in the name of the Lord. Harvesters were thus greeted (Ruth 2:4), and still are to this day. "These expressions," says Dr. Thomson, "are most refreshingly Arabic. Nothing is more natural than for Arabs, when passing by a fruit-tree or cornfield loaded with a rich crop, to exclaim, Barak Allah! 'God bless you!'" ('The Land and the Book,' p. 682).





Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Neither do they which go by say, the blessing of the Lord be upon you,.... As was usual with passengers, when they went by where mowers, and reapers, and binders, were at work in the field in harvest time; who used to wish the presence and blessing of God with them, and upon their labours; and who returned the salutation, as may be seen in Boaz and his reapers, Ruth 2:4;

we bless you in the name of the Lord; which is either a continuation of the blessing of the passengers, or the answer of the reapers to them; so the Targum,

"nor do they answer them, "we bless you",'' &c.

The sense is, that those wicked men would have no blessing on them, from God nor men; that no God speed would be wished them; but that they were like the earth, that is covered with briers and thorns; which is nigh unto cursing, and its end to be burned.



Psalm 129:8 Additional Commentaries
Context
Many Times they have Afflicted Me
7With which the reaper does not fill his hand, Or the binder of sheaves his bosom; 8Nor do those who pass by say, "The blessing of the LORD be upon you; We bless you in the name of the LORD."
Cross References
Ruth 2:4
Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, "The LORD be with you!" "The LORD bless you!" they answered.

Psalm 118:26
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD. From the house of the LORD we bless you.
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