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

King James Bible
For he hath strengthened the bars 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;

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.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

He hath strengthened the bars of thy gates - He has enabled thee to complete the walls of Jerusalem. From the former part of the Psalm it appears the walls were then to progress; from this part, they appear to be completed, and provisions to be brought into the city, to support its inhabitants. The gates were set up and well secured by bars, so that the grain, etc., was in safety.

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

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 about his people from now on even for ever.

Nehemiah 3:1 Then Eliashib the high priest rose up with his brothers the priests, and they built the sheep gate; they sanctified it...

Nehemiah 6:1 Now it came to pass when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had built the wall...

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 the people, and the gates, and the wall.

Lamentations 2:8,9 The LORD has purposed to destroy the wall of the daughter of Zion: he has stretched out a line...

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

Daniel 9:25 Know therefore and understand...


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: your children like olive plants round about your table...

Psalm 144:12 That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones...

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...

Jeremiah 30:19,20 And out of them shall proceed thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry: and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few...

Zechariah 8:3-5 Thus said the LORD; I am returned to Zion, and will dwell in the middle of Jerusalem: and Jerusalem shall be called a city of truth...

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

Healing for the Wounded
We will not delay you by a preface, but will come at once to the two thoughts: first, here is a great ill--a broken heart; and secondly, a great mercy--"he healeth the broken in heart, and bindeth up their wounds." Man is a double being: he is composed of body and soul, and each of the portions of man may receive injury and hurt. The wounds of the body are extremely painful, and if they amount to a breaking of the frame the torture is singularly exquisite. Yet God has in his mercy provided means
Charles Haddon Spurgeon—Spurgeon's Sermons Volume 1: 1855

Anxious About Earth, or Earnest About the Kingdom
'And He said unto His disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. 23. The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment. 24. Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? 25. And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? 26. If ye then be not able to do that thing
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions Of Holy Scripture

Concerning Peaceableness
Blessed are the peacemakers. Matthew 5:9 This is the seventh step of the golden ladder which leads to blessedness. The name of peace is sweet, and the work of peace is a blessed work. Blessed are the peacemakers'. Observe the connection. The Scripture links these two together, pureness of heart and peaceableness of spirit. The wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable' (James 3:17). Follow peace and holiness' (Hebrews 12:14). And here Christ joins them together pure in heart, and peacemakers',
Thomas Watson—The Beatitudes: An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-12

Letter xvi to Rainald, Abbot of Foigny
To Rainald, Abbot of Foigny Bernard declares to him how little he loves praise; that the yoke of Christ is light; that he declines the name of father, and is content with that of brother. 1. In the first place, do not wonder if titles of honour affright me, when I feel myself so unworthy of the honours themselves; and if it is fitting that you should give them to me, it is not expedient for me to accept them. For if you think that you ought to observe that saying, In honour preferring one another
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux—Some Letters of Saint Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux

Cross References
Deuteronomy 33:25
The bolts of your gates will be iron and bronze, and your strength will equal your days.

Nehemiah 3:3
The Fish Gate was rebuilt by the sons of Hassenaah. They laid its beams and put its doors and bolts and bars in place.

Nehemiah 7:3
I said to them, "The gates of Jerusalem are not to be opened until the sun is hot. While the gatekeepers are still on duty, have them shut the doors and bar them. Also appoint residents of Jerusalem as guards, some at their posts and some near their own houses."

Psalm 37:26
They are always generous and lend freely; their children will be a blessing.

Psalm 147:12
Extol the LORD, Jerusalem; praise your God, Zion.

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