Psalm 144:12
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New International Version
Then our sons in their youth will be like well-nurtured plants, and our daughters will be like pillars carved to adorn 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:

Darby Bible Translation
That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; our daughters as corner-columns, sculptured after the fashion of a palace:

World English Bible
Then our sons will be like well-nurtured plants, our daughters like pillars carved to adorn a palace.

Young's Literal Translation
Because our sons are as plants, Becoming great in their youth, Our daughters as hewn stones, Polished -- the likeness of a palace,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

That our sons may be as plants - God had promised to his people, being faithful, Three descriptions of Blessings, Deuteronomy 28:4.

1. The fruit of the body - sons and daughters.

2. The fruits of the ground - grass and corn in sufficient plenty.

3. Fruit of the cattle-"the increase of kine, and flocks of sheep."

These are the blessings to wnich the psalmist refers here, as those in which he might at present exult and triumph: blessings actually enjoyed by his people at large; proofs of his mild and paternal government, and of the especial blessing of the Almighty. The people who there in such a state, and revolted, had no excuse: they were doubly guilty, as ungrateful both to God and man.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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...

Library
Sermons on Selected Lessons of the Gospels.
Adoption, a sonship higher than that of nature, [482]255; frequently mentioned in Holy Scripture, [483]255, [484]256; the term of ancient use among the Jews, [485]256; "raising up seed to brother," [486]256; used by St. Paul to express the mystery of our adoption in Christ, [487]256. Adversary, to be agreed with and delivered from, [488]442; not so Satan, [489]442; the Law our, so long as we our own, [490]443; must agree with, by obedience, and so made no longer adversary, [491]443. Affliction, blessing
Saint Augustine—sermons on selected lessons of the new testament

The Resemblance Between the Old Testament and the New.
1. Introduction, showing the necessity of proving the similarity of both dispensations in opposition to Servetus and the Anabaptists. 2. This similarity in general. Both covenants truly one, though differently administered. Three things in which they entirely agree. 3. First general similarity, or agreement--viz. that the Old Testament, equally with the New, extended its promises beyond the present life, and held out a sure hope of immortality. Reason for this resemblance. Objection answered. 4.
John Calvin—The Institutes of the Christian Religion

Cross References
Psalm 92:12
The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of 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 with courses 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 the pools of Heshbon by the gate of Bath Rabbim. Your nose is like the tower of Lebanon looking toward Damascus.

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