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Psalms 127:4

    Psalms 127:4 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, So are the children of youth.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Like arrows in the hand of a man of war, are the children of the young.

    Webster's Revision

    As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, So are the children of youth.

    World English Bible

    As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, so are the children of youth.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, so are the children of youth.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 127:4

    As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man - Each child will, in the process of time, be a defense and support to the family, as arrows in the quiver of a skillful and strong archer; the more he has, the more enemies he may slay, and consequently the more redoubted shall he be.

    Children of the youth - The children of young people are always more strong and vigorous, more healthy, and generally longer lived than those of elderly, or comparatively elderly persons. Youth is the time for marriage; I do not mean infancy or a comparative childhood, in which several fools join in marriage who are scarcely fit to leave the nursery or school. Such couples generally disagree; they cannot bear the boyish and girlish petulancies and caprices of each other; their own growth is hindered, and their offspring, (if any), have never much better than an embryo existence. On the other hand age produces only a dwarfish or rickety offspring, that seldom live to procreate; and when they do, it is only to perpetuate deformity and disease. It would be easy to assign reasons for all this; but the interpretation of Scripture will seldom admit of physiological details. It is enough that God has said, Children of the youth are strong and active, like arrows in the hands of the mighty.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 127:4

    As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man - They are what a parent may rely on for defense in danger, or for help in securing provision for himself and family - as the warrior or the hunter relies on his arrows.

    So are children of the youth - Sons in their youth; in their prime and vigor. The comparison of sons with arrows or spears is common in Arabic poetry. See Rosenmuller, Com. in loc. Also Morgenland, in loc.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 127:4

    127:4 Youth - These he prefers before other children, because they live longest with their parents, and to their comfort and support, whereas children born in old age seldom come to maturity before their parents death.