Psalm 129:7
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New American Standard Bible
With which the reaper does not fill his hand, Or the binder of sheaves his bosom;

King James Bible
Wherewith the mower filleth not his hand; nor he that bindeth sheaves his bosom.

Darby Bible Translation
Wherewith the mower filleth not his hand, nor he that bindeth sheaves his bosom;

World English Bible
with which the reaper doesn't fill his hand, nor he who binds sheaves, his bosom.

Young's Literal Translation
That hath not filled the hand of a reaper, And the bosom of a binder of sheaves.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

Wherewith the mower filleth not his hand - It cannot be gathered and laid up for the use of cattle, as grass can that grows in the field. It is valueless for any such purpose; or, is utterly worthless. The phrase "filleth not his hand" seems to be derived from the idea of reaping, where the reaper with one hand takes hold of the grain which he reaps, and cuts it off with the sickle in the other.

Nor he that bindeth sheaves - The man who gathers in the harvest. This was commonly performed by a different person from the reaper.

His bosom - This word would commonly refer to the bosom of the garment, in which tilings were carried; or that part above the girdle. It may be used here, however, in a larger sense - since it is incongruous to suppose that sheaves of grain would be carried thus - as meaning simply that one who gathered the sheaves would usually convey them in his arms, folding them to his bosom.

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The piety of the Old Testament Church is reflected with more clearness and variety in the Psalter than in any other book of the Old Testament. It constitutes the response of the Church to the divine demands of prophecy, and, in a less degree, of law; or, rather, it expresses those emotions and aspirations of the universal heart which lie deeper than any formal demand. It is the speech of the soul face to face with God. Its words are as simple and unaffected as human words can be, for it is the genius
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Psalm 79:12
And return to our neighbors sevenfold into their bosom The reproach with which they have reproached You, O Lord.

Joel 2:5
With a noise as of chariots They leap on the tops of the mountains, Like the crackling of a flame of fire consuming the stubble, Like a mighty people arranged for battle.

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