The Meaning of Psalms 122:7 Explained

Psalms 122:7

KJV: Peace be within thy walls, and prosperity within thy palaces.

YLT: Peace is in thy bulwark, rest in thy high places,

Darby: Peace be within thy bulwarks, prosperity within thy palaces.

ASV: Peace be within thy walls, And prosperity within thy palaces.

What does Psalms 122:7 Mean?

Context Summary

Psalms 122:1-9 - Joy In God's House
As in the other psalms of the series there is here alternation between soloist and choir. In Psalms 122:1 the soloist rejoices in the proposal made to go on a pilgrimage. The chorus announces that the journey is already accomplished, Psalms 122:2-5. The Church of Christ is compacted, built together, by His tears, and blood, and risen power. In Acts 16:1-10 the soloist bids the company salute Jerusalem, r.v. margin, and the chorus replies. In Psalms 122:7-9 the soloist announces three reasons why they should pray for Jerusalem's peace: They who love her prosper; those who reside within her precincts are our brethren and companions; hers is the house of God builded for His habitation.
Psalms 123:1-4
The life of the pilgrim is full of sharp contrasts. Yesterday he was rejoicing in Jerusalem and sharing her peace; today he is grieved with the contempt of her foes. Hence this tiny psalm, which has been compared to "a sigh, an upward look, a sigh." The oriental servant is an adept at reading the meaning of his master's slightest gesture, Psalms 123:2. Let us live, as our Savior did, with our eye fixed on the least indication of God's will. See Psalms 122:6,. [source]

Chapter Summary: Psalms 122

1  David professes his joy for the church
6  And prays for the peace thereof

What do the individual words in Psalms 122:7 mean?

Be Peace within your walls Prosperity within your palaces
יְהִֽי־ שָׁל֥וֹם בְּחֵילֵ֑ךְ שַׁ֝לְוָ֗ה בְּאַרְמְנוֹתָֽיִךְ

שָׁל֥וֹם  Peace 
Parse: Noun, masculine singular
Root: שָׁלֹום  
Sense: completeness, soundness, welfare, peace.
בְּחֵילֵ֑ךְ  within  your  walls 
Parse: Preposition-b, Noun, masculine singular construct, second person feminine singular
Root: חֵיל  
Sense: rampart, fortress, wall.
שַׁ֝לְוָ֗ה  Prosperity 
Parse: Noun, feminine singular
Root: שַׁלְוָה  
Sense: quietness, ease, prosperity.
בְּאַרְמְנוֹתָֽיִךְ  within  your  palaces 
Parse: Preposition-b, Noun, masculine plural construct, second person feminine singular
Root: אַרְמֹון  
Sense: citadel, palace, fortress.