Unless the Lord Builds the House
A Song of a Ascents. Of Solomon.1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord b watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious c toil;
for he gives to his d beloved e sleep.
3 Behold, f children are a heritage from the Lord,
g the fruit of the womb a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of h a warrior
are the children ▼
▼ Or sonsof one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies j in the gate. ▼
▼ Or They shall not be put to shame when they speak with their enemies in the gate
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