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

New Living Translation
Your wife will be like a fruitful grapevine, flourishing within your home. Your children will be like vigorous young olive trees as they sit around your table.

English Standard Version
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.

Berean Study Bible
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine flourishing within your house, your sons like olive shoots sitting around your table.

New American Standard Bible
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine Within your house, Your children like olive plants Around your table.

King James Bible
Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.

Christian Standard Bible
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house, your children, like young olive trees around your table.

Contemporary English Version
Your wife will be as fruitful as a grapevine, and just as an olive tree is rich with olives, your home will be rich with healthy children.

Good News Translation
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine in your home, and your children will be like young olive trees around your table.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house, your sons, like young olive trees around your table.

International Standard Version
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children like olive shoots surrounding your table.

NET Bible
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine in the inner rooms of your house; your children will be like olive branches, as they sit all around your table.

New Heart English Bible
Your wife will be as a fruitful vine, in the innermost parts of your house; your children like olive plants, around your table.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Your wife is like a glorious vine on the outside of your house, your children like plants of olive trees around your table!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine inside your home. Your children will be like young olive trees around your table.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine, in the innermost parts of thy house; Thy children like olive plants, round about thy table.

New American Standard 1977
Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine, Within your house, Your children like olive plants Around your table.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thy house; thy children like olive plants round about thy table.

King James 2000 Bible
Your wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of your house: your children like olive plants round about your table.

American King James Version
Your wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of your house: your children like olive plants round about your table.

American Standard Version
Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine, In the innermost parts of thy house; Thy children like olive plants, Round about thy table.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine on the sides of thy house: thy children as young olive-plants round about thy table.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Thy wife as a fruitful vine, on the sides of thy house. Thy children as olive plants, round about thy table.

Darby Bible Translation
Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine in the inner part of thy house; thy children like olive-plants round about thy table.

English Revised Version
Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine, in the innermost parts of thine house: thy children like olive plants, round about thy table.

Webster's Bible Translation
Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thy house: thy children like olive plants around thy table.

World English Bible
Your wife will be as a fruitful vine, in the innermost parts of your house; your children like olive plants, around your table.

Young's Literal Translation
Thy wife is as a fruitful vine in the sides of thy house, Thy sons as olive plants around thy table.
Study Bible
Blessed Are All who Walk in His Ways
2For when you eat the fruit of your labor, blessings and prosperity will be yours. 3Your wife will be like a fruitful vine flourishing within your house, your sons like olive shoots sitting around your table. 4In this way indeed shall blessing come to the man who fears the LORD.…
Cross References
Psalm 52:8
But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in the loving devotion of God forever and ever.

Psalm 127:5
Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. He will not be put to shame when he confronts the enemies at the gate.

Psalm 128:4
In this way indeed shall blessing come to the man who fears the LORD.

Psalm 144:12
Then our sons will be like plants nurtured in their youth, our daughters like corner pillars carved to adorn a palace.

Ezekiel 19:10
Your mother was like a vine in your vineyard, planted by the water; it was fruitful and full of branches because of the abundant waters.

Treasury of Scripture

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

a fruitful vine

Genesis 49:22
Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall:

Proverbs 5:15-18
Drink waters out of thine own cistern, and running waters out of thine own well…

Ezekiel 19:10
Thy mother is like a vine in thy blood, planted by the waters: she was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters.

olive plants

Psalm 52:8
But I am like a green olive tree in the house of God: I trust in the mercy of God for ever and ever.

Psalm 144:12
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:

Jeremiah 11:16
The LORD called thy name, A green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it, and the branches of it are broken.

round about

Psalm 127:5
Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.







Lexicon
Your wife
אֶשְׁתְּךָ֤ ׀ (’eš·tə·ḵā)
Noun - feminine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 802: Woman, wife, female

will be like a fruitful
פֹּרִיָּה֮ (pō·rî·yāh)
Verb - Qal - Participle - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6509: To bear fruit, be fruitful

vine
כְּגֶ֥פֶן (kə·ḡe·p̄en)
Preposition-k | Noun - common singular
Strong's Hebrew 1612: A vine, the grape

[flourishing] within
בְּיַרְכְּתֵ֪י (bə·yar·kə·ṯê)
Preposition-b | Noun - fdc
Strong's Hebrew 3411: Flank, side, extreme parts, recesses

your house,
בֵ֫יתֶ֥ךָ (ḇê·ṯe·ḵā)
Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1004: A house

your sons
בָּ֭נֶיךָ (bā·ne·ḵā)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

like olive
זֵיתִ֑ים (zê·ṯîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 2132: An olive, the tree, the branch, the berry

shoots
כִּשְׁתִלֵ֣י (kiš·ṯi·lê)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 8363: A transplanted shoot, slip

[sitting] around
סָ֝בִ֗יב (sā·ḇîḇ)
Adverb
Strong's Hebrew 5439: A circle, neighbour, environs, around

your table.
לְשֻׁלְחָנֶֽךָ׃ (lə·šul·ḥā·ne·ḵā)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7979: A table, a meal
(3) By the sides--No doubt the inner part of the house is meant (see Psalm 48:2)--the gynec?um or woman's quarter--or perhaps the sides of the inner court or quadrangle. This is no more out of keeping with the figure of the vine than the table is with that of olive plants. Though the Hebrews had not yet developed the fatal habit of secluding their women, as later Orientals have done, still there was a strict custom which allotted a more private tent (Genesis 18:9) or part of a house to them. And doubtless we are here also to think of the good housewife who is engaged within at the household duties, and is not like the idle gossip, sitting "at the door of her house on a seat in the high places of the city" (Proverbs 9:14). The vine and olive are in Hebrew poetry frequent symbols of fruitfulness and of a happy, flourishing state. (See Psalm 52:8; Jeremiah 11:16.) The comparison of children to the healthy young shoots of a tree is, of course, common to all poetry, being indeed latent in such expressions as "scion of a noble house." (Comp. Euripides, Medea 1,098: "a sweet young shoot of children.")

Verse 3. - Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides (rather, in the inner chambers) of thine house. The second point of blessedness is a fruitful wife, content to dwell in the female apartments of the house, to keep at home (Titus 2:5) and guide the household. Thy children like olive plants; or, "olive shoots" - the vigorous offsets from an aged olive tree, which spring up around it, ready to take its place. Round about thy table. Clustering around thy board, at once a source of cheerfulness and strength (see Psalm 127:5). This is the third point of blessedness. 128:1-6 The blessings of those who fear God. - Only those who are truly holy, are truly happy. In vain do we pretend to be of those that fear God, if we do not make conscience of keeping stedfastly to his ways. Blessed is every one that fears the Lord; whether he be high or low, rich or poor in the world. If thou fear him and walk in his ways, all shall be well with thee while thou livest, better when thou diest, best of all in eternity. By the blessing of God, the godly shall get an honest livelihood. Here is a double promise; they shall have something to do, for an idle life is a miserable, uncomfortable life, and shall have health and strength, and power of mind to do it. They shall not be forced to live upon the labours of other people. It is as much a mercy as a duty, with quietness to work and eat our own bread. They and theirs shall enjoy what they get. Such as fear the Lord and walk in his ways, are the only happy persons, whatever their station in life may be. They shall have abundant comfort in their family relations. And they shall have all the good things God has promised, and which they pray for. A good man can have little comfort in seeing his children's children, unless he sees peace upon Israel. Every true believer rejoices in the prosperity of the church. Hereafter we shall see greater things, with the everlasting peace and rest that remain for the Israel of God.
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