The Meaning of Psalms 113:9 Explained

Psalms 113:9

KJV: He maketh the barren woman to keep house, and to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye the LORD.

YLT: Causing the barren one of the house to sit, A joyful mother of sons; praise ye Jah!

Darby: He maketh the barren woman to keep house, as a joyful mother of sons. Hallelujah!

ASV: He maketh the barren woman to keep house, And to be a joyful mother of children. Praise ye Jehovah.

What does Psalms 113:9 Mean?

Context Summary

Psalms 113:1-9 - The Mighty God Uplifteth The Lowly
We detect the song of Samuel's mother in the first of these psalms. She sang the Old Testament "Magnificat" and it was embalmed by the psalmist here. Thus it passed into the psalter of the Church. Note the universality of this ascription of praise. For all time, Psalms 113:2; through all the earth, Psalms 113:3; and above all heavens, Psalms 113:4. What a wonderful God is ours! Heaven cannot contain Him, but He lifts the poor and needy out of the dust. Largeness is not greatness, and the babe in the cot is more important than the palace.
In Psalms 114:1-8 Egypt represents the tyranny of sin; but we have been redeemed. Like Israel we have gone forth. We belong no more to the present world with its strange tongue. Ours is the language of Canaan, our home. This exodus of ours has made us the temple and sanctuary of God. If once the Church realized that she is God-possessed, she would become irresistible. Seas would divide, rivers would start back, mountains would cleave, and the hills would remove. "Impossible" would be blotted from our vocabulary. The power that made Sinai tremble gave earth water-springs. When the soul finds its all in God, the world ceases to affright or attract it, and the rocks yield refreshing streams. [source]

Chapter Summary: Psalms 113

1  An exhortation to praise God for his excellence
6  For his mercy

What do the individual words in Psalms 113:9 mean?

He grants the barren woman a home Like a mother of children Joyful Praise YAH
מֽוֹשִׁיבִ֨י ׀ עֲקֶ֬רֶת הַבַּ֗יִת אֵֽם־ הַבָּנִ֥ים שְׂמֵחָ֗ה הַֽלְלוּ־ יָֽהּ

מֽוֹשִׁיבִ֨י ׀  He  grants 
Parse: Verb, Hifil, Participle, masculine singular construct
Root: יָשַׁב 
Sense: to dwell, remain, sit, abide.
עֲקֶ֬רֶת  the  barren  woman 
Parse: Adjective, feminine singular construct
Root: עָקָר  
Sense: barren, sterile.
הַבַּ֗יִת  a  home 
Parse: Article, Noun, masculine singular
Root: בַּיִת 
Sense: house.
אֵֽם־  Like  a  mother 
Parse: Noun, feminine singular construct
Root: אֵם  
Sense: mother.
הַבָּנִ֥ים  of  children 
Parse: Article, Noun, masculine plural
Root: בֵּן 
Sense: son, grandson, child, member of a group.
שְׂמֵחָ֗ה  Joyful 
Parse: Adjective, feminine singular
Root: שָׂמֵחַ  
Sense: joyful, merry, glad.
הַֽלְלוּ־  Praise 
Parse: Verb, Piel, Imperative, masculine plural
Root: הָלַל 
Sense: to shine.
יָֽהּ  YAH 
Parse: Proper Noun, masculine singular
Root: יָהּ  
Sense: Jah (Jehovah in the shortened form).