A Prayer for Protection and Prosperity
A song of ascents. Of Solomon.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm
1Unless Yahweh builds a house,
its builders labor at it in vain.
Unless Yahweh guards a city,
a guard watches in vain.
2It is in vain for you who rise early and sit late,
eating the bread of anxious toil,
when thus he#That is, Yahweh provides#Hebrew “gives” for his beloved in his sleep.#Or “so he gives sleep to his beloved”
3Look, children#Hebrew “sons” are the heritage#That is, gift of Yahweh;
the fruit of the womb is a reward.
4Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
so are the children#Hebrew “sons” of one’s youth.
5Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them.#Or “whose quiver he Yahweh fills with them”
They shall not be put to shame
when they speak with enemies at the gate.