Psalms 127:1
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1  A song of ascents. Of Shlomo. Unless Hashem builds the house, its builders labor in vain on it; unless Hashem watches over the city, the watchman keeps vigil in vain.

SHEER ha-ma-a-LOT lish-lo-MOH im a-do-NAI lo yiv-NEH VA-yit SHAV a-m’-LU vo-NAV BO im a-do-NAI lo yish-MOR EER SHAV sha-KAD sho-MAYR

א  שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת לִשְׁלֹמֹה אִם־יְהֹוָה לֹא־יִבְנֶה בַיִת שָׁוְא עָמְלוּ בוֹנָיו בּוֹ אִם־יְהֹוָה לֹא־יִשְׁמָר־עִיר שָׁוְא שָׁקַד שׁוֹמֵר׃

 127:1   Of Shlomo

Rabbi Abraham Ibn Ezra (1089-1167)

Rabbi Avraham Ibn Ezra writes that this psalm was composed after it was told that Shlomo, not David, would build the Beit Hamikdash. In Divrei Hayamim I 22:7-16, David explains to his son Shlomo the immense responsibility Hashem has transferred to him with the task of building the Beit Hamikdash. David himself had been told by God that he would not be given that opportunity, for he had waged too many wars and shed too much blood. His son, however, would be a man of peace who would reign during an era of peace. His name will be Shlomo, meaning peace and tranquility. Therefore he, and not David, will be the one to build the Beit Hamikdash. Instead of being disappointed, David rejoices at God’s decision and blesses his son for the upcoming grand endeavor.

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Psalms 127
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  • 127:1 Of Solomon

    We are told that this psalm was composed after it was told to Solomon, not David would build the Temple of our God in Jerusalem. We are also told that David explains to his son Solomon the great responsibility it truly is to build the Temple. God had chosen him over his father the King of Israel to do this most important Job. See David himself was told by God that since he had the blood of so many men on his hands from so many wars that he was not able to do this building of the Temple for God. However since the son of the King Solomon had no blood upon his hands and perhaps his heart was wiser and more pure God saw in him the right man, at the right time to build the Temple. God knew also that his son was a man of peace and would rule in a time of peace in this time of Israels history. It is also at this time we learn that Solomon's name means peace and tranquility. Somehow it all seems to fall into God's plan, in God's timing. How wonderful is our creator and Lord thy God, Indeed Our Father God is perfection beyond what man can even conceive. You would think that David would be jealous and very angry. Yet he rejoices that his beloved son Solomon has been chosen by God to build this most glorious Temple. David blesses his son and looks forward to this most wonderful endeavor.

    I look forward to the building of the third Temple. While I will not be able to go into the Temple i will still be able to see it from afar and be allowed to go into the court yard of the gentiles I believe? How wonderful to see such a spiritual awakening it will create in the world. What a blessing it will be to mankind. I pray at 63 years old I will still be here to see it's completion. I have faith it will be built very soon by the Grace of God and the strength of the prayers and the faith of the Jewish peoples. Amen. Carl


Psalms 127:1

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