Psalm 129:6
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English Standard Version
Let them be like the grass on the housetops, which withers before it grows up,

King James Bible
Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, which withereth afore it groweth up:

American Standard Version
Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, Which withereth before it groweth up;

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let them be as grass on the tops of houses: which withered before it be plucked up:

English Revised Version
Let them be as the grass upon the housetops, which withereth afore it groweth up:

Webster's Bible Translation
Let them be as the grass upon the house-tops, which withereth before it groweth up:

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

Pointing back to this charming picture of family life, the poet goes on to say: behold, for thus equals behold, thus is the man actually blessed who fears Jahve. כּי confirms the reality of the matter of fact to which the הנּה points. The promissory future in Psalm 128:5 is followed by imperatives which call upon the God-fearing man at once to do that which, in accordance with the promises, stands before him as certain. מציּון as in Psalm 134:3; Psalm 20:3. בּנים לבניך instead of בּני בניך gives a designed indefiniteness to the first member of the combination. Every blessing the individual enjoys comes from the God of salvation, who has taken up His abode in Zion, and is perfected in participation in the prosperity of the holy city and of the whole church, of which it is the centre. A New Testament song would here open up the prospect of the heavenly Jerusalem. But the character of limitation to this present world that is stamped upon the Old Testament does not admit of this. The promise refers only to a present participation in the well-being of Jerusalem (Zechariah 8:15) and to long life prolonged in one's children's children; and in this sense calls down intercessorily peace upon Israel in all its members, and in all places and all ages.

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as the grass

Psalm 37:2 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass, and wither as the green herb.

Psalm 92:7 When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever:

Jeremiah 17:5,6 Thus said the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusts in man, and makes flesh his arm, and whose heart departs from the LORD...

Matthew 13:6 And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.

Cross References
Matthew 10:27
What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops.

2 Kings 19:26
while their inhabitants, shorn of strength, are dismayed and confounded, and have become like plants of the field and like tender grass, like grass on the housetops, blighted before it is grown.

Psalm 37:2
For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb.

Isaiah 37:27
while their inhabitants, shorn of strength, are dismayed and confounded, and have become like plants of the field and like tender grass, like grass on the housetops, blighted before it is grown.

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