Psalm 127:3
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Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.

King James Bible
Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

Darby Bible Translation
Lo, children are an inheritance from Jehovah, [and] the fruit of the womb a reward.

World English Bible
Behold, children are a heritage of Yahweh. The fruit of the womb is his reward.

Young's Literal Translation
Lo, an inheritance of Jehovah are sons, A reward is the fruit of the womb.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord - That is, To many God gives children in place of temporal good. To many others he gives houses, lands, and thousands of gold and silver, and with them the womb that beareth not; and these are their inheritance. The poor man has from God a number of children, without lands or money; these are his inheritance; and God shows himself their father, feeding and supporting them by a chain of miraculous providences. Where is the poor man who would give up his six children, with the prospect of having more, for the thousands or millions of him who is the center of his own existence, and has neither root nor branch but his forlorn solitary self upon the face of the earth? Let the fruitful family, however poor, lay this to heart; "Children are a heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward." And he who gave them will feed them; for it is a fact, and the maxim formed on it has never failed, "Wherever God sends mouths, he sends meat." "Murmur not," said an Arab to his friend, "because thy family is large; know that it is for their sakes that God feeds thee."

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Psalm 128:3,4 Your wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of your house: your children like olive plants round about your table...

Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said to them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it...

Genesis 15:4,5 And, behold, the word of the LORD came to him, saying, This shall not be your heir...

Genesis 24:60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said to her, You are our sister, be you the mother of thousands of millions...

Genesis 30:1,2 And when Rachel saw that she bore Jacob no children, Rachel envied her sister; and said to Jacob, Give me children, or else I die...

Genesis 33:5 And he lifted up his eyes, and saw the women and the children; and said, Who are those with you? And he said...

Genesis 41:51,52 And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: For God, said he, has made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house...

Genesis 48:4 And said to me, Behold, I will make you fruitful, and multiply you, and I will make of you a multitude of people...

Deuteronomy 28:4 Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, and the fruit of your ground, and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your cows...

Joshua 24:3,4 And I took your father Abraham from the other side of the flood, and led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his seed...

1 Samuel 1:19,20,27 And they rose up in the morning early, and worshipped before the LORD, and returned, and came to their house to Ramah...

1 Samuel 2:20,21 And Eli blessed Elkanah and his wife, and said, The LORD give you seed of this woman for the loan which is lent to the LORD...

1 Chronicles 28:5 And of all my sons...

Isaiah 8:18 Behold, I and the children whom the LORD has given me are for signs and for wonders in Israel from the LORD of hosts...

Library
The Peculiar Sleep of the Beloved
The Psalmist says there are some men who deny themselves sleep. For purposes of gain, or ambition, they rise up early and sit up late. Some of us who are here present may have been guilty of the same thing. We have risen early in the morning that we might turn over the ponderous volume, in order to acquire knowledge; we have sat at night until our burned-out lamp has chidden us, and told us that the sun was rising; while our eyes have ached, our brain has throbbed, our heart has palpitated. We have
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 1: 1855

Or are we Indeed to Believe that it is for any Other Reason...
41. Or are we indeed to believe that it is for any other reason, that God suffers to be mixed up with the number of your profession, many, both men and women, about to fall, than that by the fall of these your fear may be increased, whereby to repress pride; which God so hates, as that against this one thing The Highest humbled Himself? Unless haply, in truth, thou shalt therefore fear less, and be more puffed up, so as to love little Him, Who hath loved thee so much, as to give up Himself for thee,
St. Augustine—Of Holy Virginity.

Cross References
Genesis 1:28
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."

Genesis 25:21
Isaac prayed to the LORD on behalf of his wife, because she was childless. The LORD answered his prayer, and his wife Rebekah became pregnant.

Genesis 33:5
Then Esau looked up and saw the women and children. "Who are these with you?" he asked. Jacob answered, "They are the children God has graciously given your servant."

Genesis 48:4
and said to me, 'I am going to make you fruitful and increase your numbers. I will make you a community of peoples, and I will give this land as an everlasting possession to your descendants after you.'

Deuteronomy 7:13
He will love you and bless you and increase your numbers. He will bless the fruit of your womb, the crops of your land--your grain, new wine and olive oil--the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.

Deuteronomy 28:4
The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock--the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.

Joshua 24:3
But I took your father Abraham from the land beyond the Euphrates and led him throughout Canaan and gave him many descendants. I gave him Isaac,

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