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Psalms 144:12

    Psalms 144:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; that our daughters may be as corner stones, polished after the similitude of a palace:

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    When our sons shall be as plants grown up in their youth, And our daughters as corner-stones hewn after the fashion of a palace;

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Our sons are like tall young plants; and our daughters like the shining stones of a king's house;

    Webster's Revision

    When our sons shall be as plants grown up in their youth, And our daughters as corner-stones hewn after the fashion of a palace;

    World English Bible

    Then our sons will be like well-nurtured plants, our daughters like pillars carved to adorn a palace.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    When our sons shall be as plants grown up in their youth; and our daughters as corner stones hewn after the fashion of a palace;

    Definitions for Psalms 144:12

    Similitude - A likeness; image; representation.

    Clarke's Commentary on Psalms 144:12

    That our sons may be as plants - God had promised to his people, being faithful, Three descriptions of Blessings, Deuteronomy 28:4.

    1. The fruit of the body - sons and daughters.

    2. The fruits of the ground - grass and corn in sufficient plenty.

    3. Fruit of the cattle-"the increase of kine, and flocks of sheep."

    These are the blessings to wnich the psalmist refers here, as those in which he might at present exult and triumph: blessings actually enjoyed by his people at large; proofs of his mild and paternal government, and of the especial blessing of the Almighty. The people who there in such a state, and revolted, had no excuse: they were doubly guilty, as ungrateful both to God and man.

    Barnes' Notes on Psalms 144:12

    That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth - That our sons - not called forth to the hardships of the tent and the field, the perils and the exposures of war - may grow up under the culture of home, of the family, in quiet scenes, as plants carefully cultivated and flourishing. Compare Psalm 128:3. The Hebrew here is, "grown large in their youth;" not "grown up," which has a paradoxical appearance. The meaning is, that they may be stout, strong, vigorous, well-formed, even in early life; that they may not be stunted in their growth, but be of full and manly proportions.

    That our daughters may be as cornerstones - The word used here - זויות zâvı̂yôth - occurs only in the plural form, and means properly "corners" - from a verb meaning to hide away, to conceal. The word is used respecting the corners of an altar, Zechariah 9:15; and seems here to refer to the corner columns of a palace or temple: perhaps, as Gesenius (Lexicon) supposes, in allusion to the columns representing female figures so common in Egyptian architecture.

    Polished - Margin, "cut." The idea is not that of "polishing" or "smoothing," but of cutting or sculpturing. It is the stone carefully cut as an ornament.

    After the similitude of a palace - A more literal translation would be, "The likeness or model of a temple;" or, for the building of a temple. That is, that they may be such as may be properly compared with the ornamental columns of a temple or palace. The comparison is a very beautiful one, having the idea of grace, symmetry, fair proportions: that on which the skill of the sculptor is most abundantly lavished.

    Wesley's Notes on Psalms 144:12

    144:12 That - This mercy I beg not only for my own sake, but for the sake of thy people, that they may enjoy those blessings which thou hast promised them; and particularly, that our sons, who are the strength and hopes of a nation, may be like plants, flourishing and growing in height and strength, as plants do in their youth; for when they grow old, they wither and decay. Cornerstone - Strong and beautiful.