December 09, 2002 Copyright © by United States Conference of Catholic Bishops
- 1 A song of ascents. 2 Happy are all who fear the LORD, who walk in the ways of God.
- What your hands provide you will enjoy; you will be happy and prosper:
- Like a fruitful vine your wife within your home, Like olive plants your children around your table.
- Just so will they be blessed who fear the LORD.
- May the LORD bless you from Zion, all the days of your life That you may share Jerusalem's joy
- and live to see your children's children. Peace upon Israel!
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1 [Psalm 128] A statement that the ever-reliable God will bless the reverent (Psalm 128:1). God's blessing is concrete: satisfaction and prosperity, a fertile spouse and abundant children (Psalm 128:2-4). The perspective is that of the adult male, ordinarily the ruler and representative of the household to the community. The last verses extend the blessing to all the people for generations to come (Psalm 128:5-6).
2  All who fear the LORD: literally, singular: "the one fearing," is used in a typical sense and so is translated by the plural.
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