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

New Living Translation
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates and blessed your children within your walls.

English Standard Version
For he strengthens the bars of your gates; he blesses your children within you.

Berean Study Bible
For He strengthens the bars of your gates and blesses the children within you.

New American Standard Bible
For He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your sons within you.

King James Bible
For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.

Christian Standard Bible
For he strengthens the bars of your city gates and blesses your children within you.

Contemporary English Version
He makes your city gates strong and blesses your people.

Good News Translation
He keeps your gates strong; he blesses your people.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For He strengthens the bars of your gates and blesses your children within you.

International Standard Version
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates, blessing your children within you.

NET Bible
For he makes the bars of your gates strong. He blesses your children within you.

New Heart English Bible
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates. He has blessed your children within you.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because he has strengthened the bars of your gates and blessed your sons within you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
He makes the bars across your gates strong. He blesses the children within you.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For He hath made strong the bars of thy gates; He hath blessed thy children within thee.

New American Standard 1977
For He has strengthened the bars of your gates; He has blessed your sons within you.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For he has strengthened the bars of thy gates; he has blessed thy sons within thee.

King James 2000 Bible
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates; he has blessed your children within you.

American King James Version
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates; he has blessed your children within you.

American Standard Version
For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; He hath blessed thy children within thee.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For he has strengthened the bars of thy gates; he has blessed thy children within thee.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Because he hath strengthened the bolts 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;

English Revised Version
For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.

Webster's 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.
Study Bible
It is Good to Sing Praises
12Exalt the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise your God, O Zion! 13For He strengthens the bars of your gates and blesses the children within you. 14He makes peace at your borders; He fills you with the finest wheat.…
Cross References
Deuteronomy 33:25
May the bolts of your gate be iron and bronze, and your strength match your days.

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

Nehemiah 7:3
And I told them, "Do not open the gates of Jerusalem until the sun is hot. While the guards are on duty, keep the doors shut and securely fastened. And appoint the residents of Jerusalem as guards, some at their posts and some at their own homes."

Psalm 37:26
They are ever generous and quick to lend, and their children are a blessing.

Psalm 147:12
Exalt the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise your God, O Zion!

Treasury of Scripture

For he has strengthened the bars of your gates; he has blessed your children within you.

he hath

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

Psalm 51:18
Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.

Psalm 125:2
As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the LORD is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.

blessed

Psalm 115:14,15
The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children…

Psalm 128:3-6
Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table…

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:







Lexicon
For
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

He strengthens
חִ֭זַּק (ḥiz·zaq)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2388: To fasten upon, to seize, be strong, obstinate, to bind, restrain, conquer

the bars
בְּרִיחֵ֣י (bə·rî·ḥê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 1280: A bolt

of your gates
שְׁעָרָ֑יִךְ (šə·‘ā·rā·yiḵ)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8179: An opening, door, gate

and blesses
בֵּרַ֖ךְ (bê·raḵ)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1288: To kneel, to bless God, man, to curse

the children
בָּנַ֣יִךְ (bā·na·yiḵ)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1121: A son

within you.
בְּקִרְבֵּֽךְ׃ (bə·qir·bêḵ)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine singular construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7130: The nearest part, the center
(13) For he hath strengthened.--An allusion to the new fortifications of the restored city is probable, though the expression is plainly figurative of security and peace.

With the second clause comp. Isaiah 60:17-18.

Verse 13. - For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates. The strength of gates in the ancient world depended wholly upon their bars, which were generally strong beams of wood passed across from side to side of the gateway, about midway up the gate, having their ends inserted into strong iron hooks or clamps, which were let into the stonework of the walls. The "bars" of the gates of Jerusalem are mentioned in Nehemiah repeatedly (Psalm 3:3, 6, 13, 14, 15; 7:3). He hath blessed thy children within thee. Under Nehemiah's govern-meet, when he had firmly established it, Israel enjoyed a period of repose and of great prosperity, which, at the date of the psalm, was probably just commencing. 147:12-20 The church, like Jerusalem of old, built up and preserved by the wisdom, power, and goodness of God, is exhorted to praise him for all the benefits and blessings vouchsafed to her; and these are represented by his favours in the course of nature. The thawing word may represent the gospel of Christ, and the thawing wind the Spirit of Christ; for the Spirit is compared to the wind, Joh 3:8. Converting grace softens the heart that was hard frozen, and melts it into tears of repentance, and makes good reflections to flow, which before were chilled and stopped up. The change which the thaw makes is very evident, yet how it is done no one can say. Such is the change wrought in the conversion of a soul, when God's word and Spirit are sent to melt it and restore it to itself.
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