Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain that build it: unless the LORD keeps the city, the watchman wakes, but in vain.
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George Leo Haydock
Of. Or "for "Solomon. This word is not in the Septuagint. (Berthier)
Some suppose that David put the psalm into his hands, to teach him that all depends on God. (Muis)
He was to undertake various important works during his reign, (Haydock) particularly the temple, at the dedication of which this might be sung. (Worthington)
The chiefs of the captives might also appropriate it to their use, (Berthier) when they were rebuilding the temple, 2 Esdras iv., and vi. (Calmet)
It seems to refer to the times of the Messias. (Berthier)
House, or temple, and grant children, Exodus i. 21., and Genesis xxx. 2. Without God's assistance, all your endeavours to rebuild the temple and city will prove fruitless.
It. Nehemias had ordered the citizens to watch the attempts of Sanaballat. (Calmet)
But still depended more on Providence than on his own industry. (Haydock)
David, Solomon, Esdras, may have held this language. (Berthier)
Yet inactivity is not encouraged. We must labour, and still expect success from God alone. (St. Chrysostom) (Ephesians ii. 16.)
God must be the principal agent, (Worthington) and all the glory must be given to Him. (Haydock)