Unless the Lord Builds the House
A Song of #[See Ps. 120, title]Ascents. Of Solomon.
1Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord #See Ps. 121:4watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
2It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious #Gen. 3:17, 19 toil;
for he gives to his #Ps. 60:5 beloved #[Mark 4:26, 27]sleep.
3Behold, #[Gen. 33:5] children are a heritage from the Lord,
Deut. 28:4; [Ps. 132:11] the fruit of the womb a reward.
4Like arrows in the hand of #Ps. 120:4a warrior
are the children#127:4 Or sons of one’s youth.
5Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies #See Job 5:4in the gate.#127:5 Or They shall not be put to shame when they speak with their enemies in the gate