Psalm 127:4

4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.

Read Psalm 127:4 Using Other Translations

As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth.
Children born to a young man are like arrows in a warrior’s hands.

What does Psalm 127:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 127:4

As arrows [are] in the hand of a mighty man
Are shot out with great strength; come with much force, and do execution, and do not return in vain; with which men defend themselves, and annoy their enemies; see ( Jeremiah 50:9 ) ;

so [are] children of the youth:
not young children, or children in their youth; but such who are born to their parents when they are in their youth; and which are generally healthful and strong, and their parents live to see them grown up; and who are useful to protect them, and defend their persons and properties from enemies when grown old and feeble, and unable to defend themselves: whereas children born to them in old age are generally unhealthy and weak; and besides, their parents rarely live to see them brought up, or to be helpful to them. So Christ's spiritual seed and offspring, who are the dew of his youth, are strong, and overcome the evil one; and are serviceable in the defence of his cause and interest.

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