Psalm 128

A song to sing as we climb.

A happy family

1 If people respect the Lord

and they obey his commands,

God has blessed them!

2 You will eat the food that you have worked hard to grow.

You will have everything that you need.

You will be happy!

3 Your wife will be like a vine that grows in your home,

and it gives many grapes.

Your children will sit around your table,

like the branches of an olive tree that are around you.

128:3Both word pictures mean that you will have a happy family, with many children. An olive tree has many branches.

4 Yes, if a man respects the Lord,

that is how God blesses him.

5 The Lord rules from Zion,

and I pray that he will bless you.

128:5Solomon built God's house, the temple, on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. For many Christians, Zion is a picture of heaven, where God lives.

Then you will see that Jerusalem is a good place to live in

for as long as you live.

6 I pray that you will live to see your grandchildren.

May Israel have peace!