Psalm 147:13
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New International Version
He strengthens the bars of your gates and blesses your people within you.

New Living Translation
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates and blessed your children within your walls.

English Standard Version
For he strengthens the bars of your gates; he blesses your children within you.

New American Standard Bible
For He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your sons within you.

King James Bible
For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For He strengthens the bars of your gates and blesses your children within you.

International Standard Version
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates, blessing your children within you.

NET Bible
For he makes the bars of your gates strong. He blesses your children within you.

New Heart English Bible
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates. He has blessed your children within you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because he has strengthened the bars of your gates and blessed your sons within you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He makes the bars across your gates strong. He blesses the children within you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For He hath made strong the bars of thy gates; He hath blessed thy children within thee.

New American Standard 1977
For He has strengthened the bars of your gates;
            He has blessed your sons within you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he has strengthened the bars of thy gates; he has blessed thy sons within thee.

King James 2000 Bible
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates; he has blessed your children within you.

American King James Version
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates; he has blessed your children within you.

American Standard Version
For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; He hath blessed thy children within thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because he hath strengthened the bolts of thy gates, he hath blessed thy children within thee.

Darby Bible Translation
For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee;

English Revised Version
For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.

Webster's Bible Translation
For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.

World English Bible
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates. He has blessed your children within you.

Young's Literal Translation
For He did strengthen the bars of thy gates, He hath blessed thy sons in thy midst.
Study Bible
It is Good to Sing Praises to Our God
12Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion! 13For He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your sons within you. 14He makes peace in your borders; He satisfies you with the finest of the wheat.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 33:25
"Your locks will be iron and bronze, And according to your days, so will your leisurely walk be.

Nehemiah 3:3
Now the sons of Hassenaah built the Fish Gate; they laid its beams and hung its doors with its bolts and bars.

Nehemiah 7:3
Then I said to them, "Do not let the gates of Jerusalem be opened until the sun is hot, and while they are standing guard, let them shut and bolt the doors. Also appoint guards from the inhabitants of Jerusalem, each at his post, and each in front of his own house."

Psalm 37:26
All day long he is gracious and lends, And his descendants are a blessing.

Psalm 147:12
Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem! Praise your God, O Zion!
Treasury of Scripture

For he has strengthened the bars of your gates; he has blessed your children within you.

he hath

Psalm 48:11-14 Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because …

Psalm 51:18 Do good in your good pleasure to Zion: build you the walls of Jerusalem.

Psalm 125:2 As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round …

Nehemiah 3:1 Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brothers the priests, …

Nehemiah 6:1 Now it came to pass when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, …

Nehemiah 7:1 Now it came to pass, when the wall was built, and I had set up the doors…

Nehemiah 12:30 And the priests and the Levites purified themselves, and purified …

Lamentations 2:8,9 The LORD has purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: …

Lamentations 4:12 The kings of the earth, and all the inhabitants of the world…

Daniel 9:25 Know therefore and understand…

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Psalm 115:14,15 The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children…

Psalm 128:3-6 Your wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of your house: …

Psalm 144:12 That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our …

Isaiah 44:3-5 For I will pour water on him that is thirsty, and floods on the dry …

Jeremiah 30:19,20 And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them …

Zechariah 8:3-5 Thus said the LORD; I am returned to Zion, and will dwell in the …

Luke 19:42-44 Saying, If you had known, even you, at least in this your day…

(13) For he hath strengthened.--An allusion to the new fortifications of the restored city is probable, though the expression is plainly figurative of security and peace.

With the second clause comp. Isaiah 60:17-18.

Verse 13. - For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates. The strength of gates in the ancient world depended wholly upon their bars, which were generally strong beams of wood passed across from side to side of the gateway, about midway up the gate, having their ends inserted into strong iron hooks or clamps, which were let into the stonework of the walls. The "bars" of the gates of Jerusalem are mentioned in Nehemiah repeatedly (Psalm 3:3, 6, 13, 14, 15; 7:3). He hath blessed thy children within thee. Under Nehemiah's govern-meet, when he had firmly established it, Israel enjoyed a period of repose and of great prosperity, which, at the date of the psalm, was probably just commencing. For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates,.... Of Jerusalem, of Zion the church of God. Gates are for the letting in of persons into the city of our God; which are Christ, faith in him, and a profession of it; see Isaiah 26:1, "bars" are for the security of those that, are in it, and to keep out the enemy: and these, "strengthened", denote the utmost safety of the true members of Christ and his church; who have nothing to fear from their spiritual enemies, sin, law, Satan, the world, death, and hell: God is on their side; Christ is the munition of rocks unto them the Holy Spirit is in them, who is greater than he that is in the world; and angels are guards about them; all which is matter of praise, and a sufficient reason for it;

he hath blessed thy children within thee; multiplied them and made them fruitful, increased the number of them; even the spiritual children of the church, brought forth to Christ by her; born in her, through the ministry of the Gospel; and brought up by her, with the ordinances of it. These in the first times of the Gospel were very numerous, and will be so again in the latter day, like the drops of the morning dew; and are and will be blessed with all spiritual blessings, with pardoning, justifying, adopting, and sanctifying grace, and with eternal life; for which the Lord's name is to be praised. 13. strengthened … gates—or, means of defense against invaders,147:12-20 The church, like Jerusalem of old, built up and preserved by the wisdom, power, and goodness of God, is exhorted to praise him for all the benefits and blessings vouchsafed to her; and these are represented by his favours in the course of nature. The thawing word may represent the gospel of Christ, and the thawing wind the Spirit of Christ; for the Spirit is compared to the wind, Joh 3:8. Converting grace softens the heart that was hard frozen, and melts it into tears of repentance, and makes good reflections to flow, which before were chilled and stopped up. The change which the thaw makes is very evident, yet how it is done no one can say. Such is the change wrought in the conversion of a soul, when God's word and Spirit are sent to melt it and restore it to itself.
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