Psalm 144:12
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.

New Living Translation
May our sons flourish in their youth like well-nurtured plants. May our daughters be like graceful pillars, carved to beautify a palace.

English Standard Version
May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, our daughters like corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace;

Berean Study Bible
Then our sons will be like plants nurtured in their youth, our daughters like corner 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:

New King James Version
That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; That our daughters may be as pillars, Sculptured in palace style;

New American Standard Bible
When our sons in their youth are like growing plants, And our daughters like corner pillars fashioned for a palace,

NASB 1995
Let our sons in their youth be as grown-up plants, And our daughters as corner pillars fashioned as for a palace;

NASB 1977
Let our sons in their youth be as grown-up plants, And our daughters as corner pillars fashioned as for a palace;

Amplified Bible
Let our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, And our daughters like corner pillars fashioned for a palace;

Christian Standard Bible
Then our sons will be like plants nurtured in their youth, our daughters, like corner pillars that are carved in the palace style.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then our sons will be like plants nurtured in their youth, our daughters, like corner pillars that are carved in the palace style.

American Standard Version
When our sons shall be as plants grown up in their youth, And our daughters as corner-stones hewn after the fashion of a palace;

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Our sons are like plants that grow from their youth and our daughters like brides adorned in the likeness of temples.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
whose children are as plants, strengthened in their youth: their daughters are beautiful, sumptuously adorned after the similitude of a temple.

Contemporary English Version
Let's pray that our young sons will grow like strong plants and that our daughters will be as lovely as columns in the corner of a palace.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Whose sons are as new plants in their youth: Their daughters decked out, adorned round about after the similitude of a temple:

English Revised Version
When our sons shall be as plants grown up in their youth; and our daughters as corner stones hewn after the fashion of a palace;

Good News Translation
May our sons in their youth be like plants that grow up strong. May our daughters be like stately columns which adorn the corners of a palace.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
May our sons be like full-grown, young plants. May our daughters be like stately columns that adorn the corners of a palace.

International Standard Version
May our sons in their youth be like full-grown plants, and our daughters like pillars destined to decorate a palace.

JPS Tanakh 1917
We whose sons are as plants grown up in their youth; Whose daughters are as corner-pillars carved after the fashion of a palace;

Literal Standard Version
Because our sons [are] as plants, Becoming great in their youth, Our daughters as hewn stones, Polished—the likeness of a palace,

NET Bible
Then our sons will be like plants, that quickly grow to full size. Our daughters will be like corner pillars, carved like those in a palace.

New Heart English Bible
Then our sons will be like well-nurtured plants, our daughters like pillars carved to adorn 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,

Additional Translations ...
Context
Blessed Be the LORD, My Rock
11Set me free and rescue me from the grasp of foreigners, whose mouths speak falsehood, whose right hands are deceitful. 12Then our sons will be like plants nurtured in their youth, our daughters like corner pillars carved to adorn a palace. 13Our storehouses will be full, supplying all manner of produce; our flocks will bring forth thousands, tens of thousands in our fields.…

Cross References
Psalm 92:12
The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.

Psalm 128:3
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine flourishing within your house, your sons like olive shoots sitting around your table.

Song of Solomon 4:4
Your neck is like the tower of David, built with rows of stones; on it hang a thousand shields, all of them shields of warriors.

Song of Solomon 7:4
Your neck is like a tower made of ivory; your eyes are like the pools of Heshbon by the gate of Bath-rabbim; your nose is like the tower of Lebanon, facing toward Damascus.


Treasury of Scripture

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:

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

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 brethren.

Proverbs 31:10-27
Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies…

Isaiah 3:16-24
Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing as they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: …

polished.

Song of Solomon 8:8,9
We have a little sister, and she hath 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; …









(12) That our sons.--This rendering of the relative, which so strangely begins this fragment, would be possible after Genesis 11:7; Genesis 13:16, &c, if a finite verb instead of participles followed; or it might mean "because," as in Genesis 30:18, &c, but for the same anomalous construction; or it might, as by the LXX., be rendered whose, if any antecedent for it could be discovered. But all these devices are plainly impossible, and there is nothing for it but to treat the passage which it introduces as a fragment of another poem quite unconnected with the previous part of the psalm. Render, we whose.

As plants.--The Hebrew word seems always to denote a young, vigorous tree lately planted. (See especially Job 14:9, aptly translated by the LXX. ????????. (For the comparison, comp. Isaiah 5:7; Psalm 1:3, Note, Psalm 128:3.) . . .

Verse 12. - That our sons may be as plants. The stanza which these words introduce is a very remarkable one, having nothing at all corresponding to it in the rest of the Psalter. It has been thought by some to be an antique document, quoted by the writer of the psalm, as suited for a festal occasion. Our translation makes it a picture of the condition to which the writer hopes that Israel may one day come; but the best recent critics see in it a description of Israel's actual condition in the writer's day. Professor Cheyne translates, "Because our sons are as plants;" and Dr. Kay, "What time our sons are as plants." Grown up in their youth; literally, grown large. The sons are compared to ornamental trees or shrubs, growing outside a building. That our daughters may be as cornerstones, polished (or, "carved") after the similitude of a palace. The daughters are like carved pillars, lighting up the angular recesses of the structure.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Then
אֲשֶׁ֤ר (’ă·šer)
Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

our sons
בָּנֵ֨ינוּ ׀ (bā·nê·nū)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common plural
Strong's 1121: A son

will be like plants
כִּנְטִעִים֮ (kin·ṭi·‘îm)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 5195: A plant

nurtured
מְגֻדָּלִ֪ים (mə·ḡud·dā·lîm)
Verb - Pual - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 1431: To grow up, become great

in their youth,
בִּֽנְעוּרֵ֫יהֶ֥ם (bin·‘ū·rê·hem)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 5271: Youth, the state, the persons

our daughters
בְּנוֹתֵ֥ינוּ (bə·nō·w·ṯê·nū)
Noun - feminine plural construct | first person common plural
Strong's 1323: A daughter

like corner pillars
כְזָוִיֹּ֑ת (ḵə·zā·wî·yōṯ)
Preposition-k | Noun - feminine plural construct
Strong's 2106: An angle, a corner-column

carved
מְ֝חֻטָּב֗וֹת (mə·ḥuṭ·ṭā·ḇō·wṯ)
Verb - Pual - Participle - feminine plural
Strong's 2404: To cut or gather wood

to adorn
תַּבְנִ֥ית (taḇ·nîṯ)
Noun - feminine singular construct
Strong's 8403: Structure, a model, resemblance

a palace.
הֵיכָֽל׃ (hê·ḵāl)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 1964: A large public building, palace, temple


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