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A Song of degrees for Solomon.
1Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.#for…: or, of Solomon#that…: Heb. that are builders of it in it
2It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
3Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
4As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
5Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.#his…: Heb. filled his quiver with them#speak…: or, subdue, or, destroy
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