A song of ascents. Of Solomon.
1 Unless the Lord buildsu the house,
the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watchesv over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.
and stay up late,
toiling for foodw to eat—
for he grants sleepx toa those he loves.y
3 Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a rewardz from him.
4 Like arrowsa in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
whose quiver is full of them.b
They will not be put to shame
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