Psalm 128: Home of the Faithful

Why might a Christian’s idea of “blessing” be different from what God chooses to give?

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Psalm 128:1 A song for worship.
Respect the Lord and follow his direction, and you will be blessed.
King James
Psalm 128:1 <A Song of degrees.> Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways.

What differences exist between a Christian’s and an unbeliever’s definition of being “blessed”?

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Psalm 128:1 A song for worship.
Respect the Lord and follow his direction, and you will be blessed.
King James
Psalm 128:1 <A Song of degrees.> Blessed is every one that feareth the Lord; that walketh in his ways.

How does God reward the work of the righteous?

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Psalm 128:2 Your labor will bring joy at harvest time, and you will prosper.
King James
Psalm 128:2 For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.

How does God reward the work of the unrighteous?

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Psalm 128:2 Your labor will bring joy at harvest time, and you will prosper.
King James
Psalm 128:2 For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.

If God was such a blessor of Abraham, why was Sarah barren?

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Psalm 128:3 Your wife will be a fruitful tree, bearing children like olive branches around your table.
King James
Psalm 128:3 Thy wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.

What does it mean to “revere” the Lord? How does that differ from “fear”?

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Psalm 128:4 Yes, the Lord will bless those who revere him.
King James
Psalm 128:4 Behold, that thus shall the man be blessed that feareth the Lord.

What kind of blessing comes “out of Jerusalem”?

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Psalm 128:5 Out of Jerusalem, the Lord will bless you, and you will enjoy the city’s prosperity all your life.
King James
Psalm 128:5 The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.

When will there ever be peace in Israel?

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Psalm 128:5 Out of Jerusalem, the Lord will bless you, and you will enjoy the city’s prosperity all your life.
King James
Psalm 128:5 The Lord shall bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem all the days of thy life.