In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 127:1-5, Solomon speaks of the toiling in this life at a job, to raise early and go to bed late, taking few hours for sleep, rest, and restoration, that the one who does so reaps sorrow. Solomon’s conclusion is that all good things come from the Lord, including the increase in wealth. He continues saying, ג הִנֵּה נַחֲלַת יְהֹוָה בָּנִים שָֹכָר פְּרִי הַבָּטֶן: 127:3 Behold, children are a gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. 127:4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. (NASB) Solomon exchanges the importance of blessing and wealth with the precious lives he places into our hands, our children, and wives, and those around us as being more important. The Psalm concludes saying, ד כְּחִצִּים בְּיַד-גִּבּוֹר כֵּן בְּנֵי הַנְּעוּרִים: ה אַשְׁרֵי הַגֶּבֶר אֲשֶׁר מִלֵּא אֶת-אַשְׁפָּתוֹ מֵהֶם לֹא יֵבשׁוּ כִּי-יְדַבְּרוּ אֶת-אוֹיְבִים בַּשָּׁעַר: 127:5 How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate. (NASB) The one who has many children, Solomon says will not be ashamed. It is interesting how children may also be paralleled to discipleship, note how we are the children of God. So in a way, Solomon may be referring to those who speak and teach the Word of God making disciples of men.