A song of ascents. Of Solomon.1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labour in vain.
Unless the Lord guards the city,
the watchman wakes in vain.
2 In vain you rise early,
and finish so late,
and so eat sorrow’s bread;
for he cares for his loved ones
in their sleep.
3 Children are a gift of the Lord,
the fruit of the womb, a reward.
4 Like arrows, by warriors wielded,
are the children of youth.
5 Happy the man who has filled
his quiver full of them.
He shall not be ashamed when he speaks
with enemies in the gate.
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