PSALM 128*

The Blessed Home of the Just

1A song of ascents.


Blessed are all who fear the LORD,

and who walk in his ways.a

2What your hands provide you will enjoy;

you will be blessed and prosper:b

3Your wife will be like a fruitful vine

within your home,

Your children like young olive plants

around your table.c

4Just so will the man be blessed

who fears the LORD.


5May the LORD bless you from Zion;

may you see Jerusalem’s prosperity

all the days of your life,d

6and live to see your children’s children.e

Peace upon Israel!f

* [Psalm 128] A statement that the ever-reliable God will bless the reverent (Ps 128:1). God’s blessing is concrete: satisfaction and prosperity, a fertile spouse and abundant children (Ps 128:24). 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 (Ps 128:56).

a. [128:1] Ps 112:1.

b. [128:2] Ps 112:3.

c. [128:3] Ps 144:12; Jb 29:5.

d. [128:5] Ps 20:3; 134:3.

e. [128:6] Jb 42:16; Prv 17:6.

f. [128:6] Ps 125:5.

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