Psalm 144:12
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English Standard Version
May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, our daughters like corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace;

King James Bible
That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:

American Standard Version
When our sons shall be as plants grown up in their youth, And our daughters as corner-stones hewn after the fashion of a palace;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whose sons are as new plants in their youth: Their daughters decked out, adorned round about after the similitude of a temple:

English Revised Version
When our sons shall be as plants grown up in their youth; and our daughters as corner stones hewn after the fashion of a palace;

Webster's Bible Translation
That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

The deeds of God which Psalm 18 celebrates are here made an object of prayer. We see from Psalm 18:10 that ותרד, Psalm 144:5, has Jahve and not the heavens as its subject; and from Psalm 18:15 that the suffix em in Psalm 144:6 is meant in both instances to be referred to the enemies. The enemies are called sons of a foreign country, i.e., barbarians, as in Psalm 18:45. The fact that Jahve stretches forth His hand out of the heavens and rescues David out of great waters, is taken verbatim from Psalm 18:17; and the poet has added the interpretation to the figure here. On Psalm 144:8 cf. Psalm 12:3; Psalm 41:7. The combination of words "right hand of falsehood" is the same as in Psalm 109:2. But our poet, although so great an imitator, has, however, much also that is peculiar to himself. The verb בּרק, "to send forth lightning;" the verb פּצה in the Aramaeo-Arabic signification "to tear out of, rescue," which in David always only signifies "to tear open, open wide" (one's mouth), Psalm 22:14; Psalm 66:14; and the combination "the right hand of falsehood" (like "the tongue of falsehood" in Psalm 109:2), i.e., the hand raised for a false oath, are only found here. The figure of Omnipotence, "He toucheth the mountains and they smoke," is, as in Psalm 104:32, taken from the mountains that smoked at the giving of the Law, Exodus 19:18; Exodus 20:15. The mountains, as in Psalm 68:17 (cf. Psalm 76:5), point to the worldly powers. God only needs to touch these as with the tip of His finger, and the inward fire, which will consume them, at once makes itself known by the smoke, which ascends from them. The prayer for victory is followed by a vow of thanksgiving for that which is to be bestowed.

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as plants

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

Psalm 127:4,5 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth...

Psalm 128:3 Your wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of your house: your children like olive plants round about your table.

Isaiah 44:3-5 For I will pour water on him that is thirsty, and floods on the dry ground: I will pour my spirit on your seed...

Lamentations 4:2 The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!

as corner stones

Job 42:15 And in all the land were no women found so fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brothers.

Proverbs 31:10-27 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies...

Isaiah 3:16-24 Moreover the LORD said, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes...

polished. Heb. cut.
the similitude

Songs 8:8,9 We have a little sister, and she has no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for...

1 Peter 3:3-6 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel...

Cross References
Psalm 92:12
The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

Psalm 128:3
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.

Song of Solomon 4:4
Your neck is like the tower of David, built in rows of stone; on it hang a thousand shields, all of them shields of warriors.

Song of Solomon 7:4
Your neck is like an ivory tower. Your eyes are pools in Heshbon, by the gate of Bath-rabbim. Your nose is like a tower of Lebanon, which looks toward Damascus.

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