Psalms 127

The Blessing of the Lord

1A Solomonic
song of ascents: Probably the songs pilgrims sang as they traveled the roads going up to worship in Jerusalem; Pss 120-134
song of ascents.

Unless the Lord builds a house,
its builders labor over it in vain; b
unless the Lord watches over a city,
the watchman stays alert in vain. c
2 In vain you get up early and stay up late,
working hard to have enough food
yes, He gives sleep to the one He loves.
Or yes, He gives such things to His loved ones while [they] sleep

3 Sons are indeed a heritage from the Lord,
children, a reward. f
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
are the sons born in one’s youth. g
5 Happy is the man who has filled his quiver with them. h
Such men will never be put to shame
when they speak with their enemies at the city
gate(s): The center for community discussions, political meetings, and trying of court cases
gate. j
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