Talk:Ps 127:1-5

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Verse 2[edit]

My first take on verse 2 is that it's basically talking about trusting in the Lord versus trusting in your own efforts. That is, I read the "rise up early" and "sit up late" as trying to get ahead so-to-speak by working overtime. I take the "bread of sorrows" as a reference to Gen 3:19 where Adam and Eve are cast out of the garden and have to eat bread by the sweat of their brow. Based on this, I read "he giveth his beloved sleep" as a statement that those who trust in the Lord first, do not have to work to the point of sleep deprivation, but should work in moderation, and then sleep when it's time to sleep. This passage then may be a less intense version of Matt 6:25-34, where God takes care of the lilies. --RobertC 23:30, 11 Apr 2006 (UTC)

I can't help commenting on the irony of this interpretation since it seems like several of us who post (I admit to being the worst offender--but I think Robert you may be next in line, right?) end up posting stuff quite late at night on this site. --Matthew Faulconer 05:04, 12 Apr 2006 (UTC)
Which is why I'm so puzzled by the connection to verses 3-5—my child is the reason I'm usually up at such odd hours of the night! --RobertC 23:18, 13 Apr 2006 (UTC)

Verses 3-5[edit]

These verses seem to be showing the importance of children and families, but I don't really see a connection with verse 1-2. Could it be suggesting that working on other things besides building a family will be in vain? I'd be curious to hear others' thoughts.... --RobertC 23:35, 11 Apr 2006 (UTC)