Psalm 129:7
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New International Version
a reaper cannot fill his hands with it, nor one who gathers fill his arms.

King James Bible
Wherewith the mower filleth not his hand; nor he that bindeth sheaves his bosom.

Darby Bible Translation
Wherewith the mower filleth not his hand, nor he that bindeth sheaves his bosom;

World English Bible
with which the reaper doesn't fill his hand, nor he who binds sheaves, his bosom.

Young's Literal Translation
That hath not filled the hand of a reaper, And the bosom of a binder of sheaves.

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Commentary
Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

As the grass upon the housetops - As in the east the roofs of the houses were flat, seeds of various kinds falling upon them would naturally vegetate, though in an imperfect way; and, because of the want of proper nourishment, would necessarily dry and wither away. If grass, the mower cannot make hay of it; if corn, the reaper cannot make a sheaf of it. Let the Babylonians be like such herbage - good for nothing, and come to nothing.

Withereth afore it groweth up - Before שלק shalak, it is unsheathed; i.e., before it ears, or comes to seed.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

he that bindeth

Psalm 126:6 He that goes forth and weeps, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

Isaiah 17:10,11 Because you have forgotten the God of your salvation, and have not been mindful of the rock of your strength...

Hosea 8:7 For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind: it has no stalk; the bud shall yield no meal: if so be it yield...

Galatians 6:8 For he that sows to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption...

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Voluntary Suffering
I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. T hat which often passes amongst men for resolution, and the proof of a noble, courageous spirit, is, in reality, the effect of a weak and little mind. At least, it is chiefly owing to the presence of certain circumstances, which have a greater influence upon the conduct, than any inherent principle. Thus may persons who appear to set death and danger at defiance in the hour
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1

Cross References
Psalm 79:12
Pay back into the laps of our neighbors seven times the contempt they have hurled at you, Lord.

Joel 2:5
With a noise like that of chariots they leap over the mountaintops, like a crackling fire consuming stubble, like a mighty army drawn up for battle.

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