Psalms 127:5

5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.

Psalms 127:5 in Other Translations

KJV
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.
ESV
5 Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
NLT
5 How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.
MSG
5 Oh, how blessed are you parents, with your quivers full of children! Your enemies don't stand a chance against you; you'll sweep them right off your doorstep.
CSB
5 Happy is the man who has filled his quiver with them. Such men will never be put to shame when they speak with [their] enemies at the city gate.

Psalms 127:5 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 127:5

Happy [is] the man that hath his quiver full of them
That is, his house full of them; called a quiver, referring to arrows before mentioned, this being the case in which they are put up: to have many children was always reckoned a great temporal blessing and happiness; see ( Job 1:2 ) ( Psalms 128:3 Psalms 128:4 Psalms 128:6 ) . The Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, Ethiopic, and Arabic versions, render it, "that fills his desire" has as many as he desires or wishes for: the Targum,

``who fills his school of them:''

so Jarchi interprets the children, of the disciples of the wise men. It may be applied to young converts, the children of Christ and of the church; which, when numerous, is a blessing to him and her; see ( Isaiah 49:20 Isaiah 49:21 ) ( Isaiah 53:10 Isaiah 53:11 ) ;

they shall not be ashamed;
the father and his children, as Aben Ezra; parents rather are meant, who are not ashamed when they have many children: with the Romans F26, those that had wives and children were preferred in honour to senior persons that had none; and they that had most to those that had fewest; and so with the Persians; (See Gill on Esther 5:11);

but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate:
where courts of judicature were kept; and so the Targum,

``in the gate of the house of judgment.''

The sense is, that their children should stand and plead the cause of their parents against their adversaries in courts of judicature; or publicly before the eyes of all, as Aben Ezra: and spiritually may design such of Christ's seed who are set for the defence of the Gospel, are valiant for the truth on earth, and earnestly contend for it; meet the enemy in the gate, publicly oppose him, and behave themselves like men, and are strong.


FOOTNOTES:

F26 A. Gell. Noct. Attic. l. 2. c. 15.

Psalms 127:5 In-Context

3 Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Psalms 128:2-3
  • 2. S Genesis 24:60; Proverbs 27:11
  • 3. S Genesis 23:10
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