Psalm 129:8
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New International Version
May those who pass by not say to them, "The blessing of the LORD be on you; we bless you in the name of the LORD."

King James Bible
Neither do they which go by say, The blessing of the LORD be upon you: we bless you in the name of the LORD.

Darby Bible Translation
Neither do the passers-by say, The blessing of Jehovah be upon you; we bless you in the name of Jehovah!

World English Bible
Neither do those who go by say, "The blessing of Yahweh be on you. We bless you in the name of Yahweh." A Song of Ascents.

Young's Literal Translation
And the passers by have not said, 'The blessing of Jehovah is on you, We blessed you in the Name of Jehovah!'

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Neither do they which go by say - There is a reference here to the salutations which were given and returned by the reapers in the time of the harvest. We find that it was customary, when the master came to them into the field, to say unto the reapers, The Lord be with you! and for them to answer, The Lord bless thee! Ruth 2:4. Let their land become desolate, so that no harvest shall ever more appear in it. No interchange of benedictions between owners and reapers. This has literally taken place: Babylon is utterly destroyed; no harvests grow near the place where it stood.

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the blessing

Ruth 2:4 And, behold, Boaz came from Bethlehem, and said to the reapers, The LORD be with you. And they answered him, The LORD bless you.

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Voluntary Suffering
I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting. T hat which often passes amongst men for resolution, and the proof of a noble, courageous spirit, is, in reality, the effect of a weak and little mind. At least, it is chiefly owing to the presence of certain circumstances, which have a greater influence upon the conduct, than any inherent principle. Thus may persons who appear to set death and danger at defiance in the hour
John Newton—Messiah Vol. 1

Cross References
Ruth 2:4
Just then Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, "The LORD be with you!" "The LORD bless you!" they answered.

Psalm 118:26
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD. From the house of the LORD we bless you.

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