Song of Ascent: Ninth Step

Prayer at the The Western Wall, Old City Jerusalem. Photo by Wil Robinson, 1986

A Song of Ascent. Psalm 128.

1 Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in his ways!

2 You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.

3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.

4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed who fears the LORD.

5 The LORD bless you from Zion! May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
all the days of your life!

6 May you see your children’s children!
Peace be upon Israel! 


On the ninth step the Levites sing out that “everyone who fears the L-RD, who walks in His ways” shall be blessed. Everyone. There are rewards for those who respond to G-D. When G-D spoke to Abraham, telling him to leave his home, Abraham was to be the father of a great nation that would be a blessing to all families of the people of Earth.

I will bless those who bless you, But I will curse those who curse you. And through you I will bless all the nations.

Genesis 12:3

“This psalm very probably was written by the same hand as the former, and seems to have some connection with it; as that shows that all things depend on the providence and goodness of God; and that all blessings, particularly children, are the gift of God; this points out the blessings, civil and religious, that belong to good men; and, among the rest, a numerous offspring. According to the Syriac version,

” ‘it is said concerning Zerubbabel, prince of Judah; and the care of the building: and it intimates in it the calling of Gentiles.’

“Many things in it may be applied Christ and his church.”

–Gill’s Exposition.


L-RD Bless, Keep, Shine. . .


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