1 «A Song of degrees.» Blessed [is] every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in hisGod approves not our life, unless it is reformed according to his word.ways.
2 For thou shalt eat the labour of thineThe world esteems them happy who live in wealth and idleness but the Holy Spirit approves them best who live of the mean profit of their labours.hands: happy [shalt] thou [be], and [it shall be] well with thee.
3 Thy wife [shall be] as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thyBecause God's favour appears in no outward thing more than in the increase of children, he promises to enrich the faithful with this gift.children like olive plants round about thy table.
4 Lo, surely thus shall the man be blessed, that feareth the Lord.
5 The LORD shallBecause of the spiritual blessing which God has made to his Church, these temporal things will be granted.bless thee out of Zion: and thou shalt see the good ofFor unless God blessed his Church publicly, this private blessing was nothing.Jerusalem all the days of thy life.
6 Yea, thou shalt see thy childrens children, and peace vpon Israel.