Verse 6. "Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children " - Thou shall not die till thou have seen thy family all settled in the world, and those of them who may be married blessed with children.
"And peace upon Israel. " - This is the same conclusion as in Psalm 125.; and should be translated, Peace be upon Israel! May God favour his own cause, and bless all his people!
ANALYSIS OF THE HUNDRED AND TWENTY-EIGHTH PSALM
In this Psalm the prophet persuades men to fear God upon the several rewards that attend upon piety.
It is divided into three parts.
I. He describes the pious man, and pronounces him blessed, ver. 1.
II. He proposes the particulars of his blessing, ver. 2-6.
III. He gives his acclamation to it, ver. 4.
I. He describes the man who is to expect the blessing. Two qualities he must have: - 1. He must "fear the Lord." Fear, and not decline from him.
2. He must "walk in his ways." This is the true character of his fear.
3. This man shall be "blessed." Whether rich or poor, high or low; all such shall experience the blessing of the Lord.
II. And the blessedness consists in three particulars.
1. He shall enjoy those goods he has honestly obtained with his hands: "For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands:" his happiness consists not in having much, but in enjoying what he has.
2. "Happy shalt thou be," &c. Able to help others, and leave to thy children.
3. Happy he shall be in his marriage, if his choice be prudent, and in the Lord:
1. "His wife shall be," &c. Fetifera, non sterilis. 2. Upon the walls of thy house. Staying at home and caring for the things of the house, while her husband is taking care abroad.
4. Happy in his children:
1. "Thy children like olive- plants." Fresh, green, spreading, fruitful, and pledges of peace: not like sharp and prickly thorns. 2. "Round about thy table." Sit, eat, and converse with thee.
III. The acclamation follows these temporal blessings: "Thus shall the man be blessed," &c. In his goods, wife, and children.
But there is a blessing far beyond these, the sum of which is: - 1. God's blessing: "The Lord shall bless thee," &c. By a federal, a Church blessing.
2. "Thou shalt see the good of Jerusalem," &c. The prosperity of the Church.
3. "Yea, thou shalt see thy children's children." Et natos natorum, et qui nascuntur ab illis.
"Thy children's children, and those born of them." 4. "And peace upon Israel." A flourishing commonwealth and kingdom: for by peace is understood all prosperity.