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Psalms 144:12 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— When our sons shall be as plants grown up in their youth, And our daughters as corner-stones hewn after the fashion of a palace;
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— That our sons [may be] as plants grown up in their youth; [that] our daughters [may be] as corner stones, polished [after] the similitude of a palace:
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— Let our sons in their youth be as grown-up plants, And our daughters as corner pillars fashioned as for a palace;
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— That our sons [may be] as plants grown up in their youth; [that] our daughters [may be] as corner stones, polished [after] the similitude of a palace:
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— That our sons may be as plants grown up in their youth; our daughters as corner-columns, sculptured after the fashion of a palace:
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— That, our sons, may be like plants well grown while yet young,—Our daughters, like corner pillars,—carved, in the construction of a palace:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— Because our sons [are] as plants, Becoming great in their youth, Our daughters as hewn stones, Polished—the likeness of a palace,
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Whose sons are as new plants in their youth: Their daughters decked out, adorned round about after the similitude of a temple:
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— That our sonnes [may be] as plants growen vp in their youth; [that] our daughters [may be] as corner stones, polished [after] the similitude of a palace:
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— whose children are as plants, strengthened in their youth: their daughters are beautiful, sumptuously adorned after the similitude of a temple.
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— That our sons [may be] as plants grown up in their youth; [that] our daughters [may be] as corner stones, polished [after] the similitude of a palace:

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
That x834
(0834) Complement
אֲשֶׁר
'asher
{ash-er'}
A primitive relative pronoun (of every gender and number); who, which, what, that; also (as adverb and conjunction) when, where, how, because, in order that, etc.
our sons 1121
{1121} Prime
בֵּן
ben
{bane}
From H1129; a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc., (like H0001, H0251, etc.).
[may be] as plants 5195
{5195} Prime
נְטִיעַ
natia`
{naw-tee'-ah}
From H5193; a plant.
grown up 1431
{1431} Prime
גָּדַל
gadal
{gaw-dal'}
A primitive root; properly to twist (compare H1434), that is, to be (causatively make) large (in various senses, as in body, mind, estate or honor, also in pride).
z8794
<8794> Grammar
Stem - Pual (See H8849)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 194
in their youth; 5271
{5271} Prime
נָעוּר
na`uwr
{naw-oor'}
Properly passive participle from H5288 as denominative; (only in plural collectively or emphatically) youth, the state (juvenility) or the persons (young people).
[that] our daughters 1323
{1323} Prime
בַּת
bath
{bath}
From H1129 (as feminine of H1121); a daughter (used in the same wide sense as other terms of relationship, literally and figuratively).
[may be] as corner stones, 2106
{2106} Prime
זָוִית
zaviyth
{zaw-veeth'}
Apparently from the same root as H2099 (in the sense of prominence); an angle (as projecting), that is, (by implication) a corner column (or anta).
polished 2404
{2404} Prime
חָטַב
chatab
{khaw-tab'}
A primitive root; to chop or carve wood.
z8794
<8794> Grammar
Stem - Pual (See H8849)
Mood - Participle (See H8813)
Count - 194
[after] the similitude 8403
{8403} Prime
תַּבְנִית
tabniyth
{tab-neeth'}
From H1129; structure; by implication a model, resemblance.
of a palace: 1964
{1964} Prime
הֵיכָל
heykal
{hay-kawl'}
Probably from H3201 (in the sense of capacity); a large public building, such as a palace or temple.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 144:1-15.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 144:9-15.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 144:12

That — This mercy I beg not only for my own sake, but for the sake of thy people, that they may enjoy those blessings which thou hast promised them; and particularly, that our sons, who are the strength and hopes of a nation, may be like plants, flourishing and growing in height and strength, as plants do in their youth; for when they grow old, they wither and decay. Cornerstone — Strong and beautiful.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 144:12

(k) That our sons [may be] as plants grown up in their youth; [that] our daughters [may be] as corner stones, polished [after] the similitude of a palace:

(k) He desires God to continue his benefits toward his people, counting the procreation of children and their good education among the chiefest of God's benefits.

Cross-Reference Topical ResearchStrong's Concordance
as plants:

Psalms 115:14-15 The LORD shall increase you more and more, you and your children. ... Ye [are] blessed of the LORD which made heaven and earth.
Psalms 127:4-5 As arrows [are] in the hand of a mighty man; so [are] children of the youth. ... Happy [is] the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
Psalms 128:3 Thy wife [shall be] as a fruitful vine by the sides of thine house: thy children like olive plants round about thy table.
Isaiah 44:3-5 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring: ... One shall say, I [am] the LORD'S; and another shall call [himself] by the name of Jacob; and another shall subscribe [with] his hand unto the LORD, and surname [himself] by the name of Israel.
Lamentations 4:2 The precious sons of Zion, comparable to fine gold, how are they esteemed as earthen pitchers, the work of the hands of the potter!

as corner stones:

Job 42:15 And in all the land were no women found [so] fair as the daughters of Job: and their father gave them inheritance among their brethren.
Proverbs 31:10-27 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price [is] far above rubies. ... She looketh well to the ways of her household, and eateth not the bread of idleness.
Isaiah 3:16-24 Moreover the LORD saith, Because the daughters of Zion are haughty, and walk with stretched forth necks and wanton eyes, walking and mincing [as] they go, and making a tinkling with their feet: ... And it shall come to pass, [that] instead of sweet smell there shall be stink; and instead of a girdle a rent; and instead of well set hair baldness; and instead of a stomacher a girding of sackcloth; [and] burning instead of beauty.

polished:
Heb. cut

the similitude:

Song of Songs 8:8-9 We have a little sister, and she hath no breasts: what shall we do for our sister in the day when she shall be spoken for? ... If she [be] a wall, we will build upon her a palace of silver: and if she [be] a door, we will inclose her with boards of cedar.
1 Peter 3:3-6 Whose adorning let it not be that outward [adorning] of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel; ... Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
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Jb 42:15. Ps 115:14; 127:4; 128:3. Pv 31:10. So 8:8. Is 3:16; 44:3. Lm 4:2. 1P 3:3.

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