How to build a house: Psalm 127

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Today’s reading: Psalms 120-132.

If this psalm were titled, “Home building for Dummies,” you would have to wonder what’s going on when all of a sudden the writer shifts gears and starts talking about children.

Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain. In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat– for he grants sleep to those he loves. Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him. Psalm 127:1-3

Here’s the reason it isn’t so strange. The Hebrew word for sons or children comes from the same word as “build.” This psalm is all about building. A Hebrew woman was said to be built up when she had many children. Children were, and are, an important way to build up your home – perhaps even more…

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