1A song of ascents. By Shlomo:
Unless Adonai builds the house,
its builders work in vain.
Unless Adonai guards the city,
the guard keeps watch in vain.
2In vain do you get up early
and put off going to bed,
working hard to earn a living;
for he provides for his beloved,
even when they sleep.
3Children too are a gift from Adonai;
the fruit of the womb is a reward.
4The children born when one is young.
are like arrows in the hand of a warrior.
5How blessed is the man
who has filled his quiver with them;
he will not have to be embarrassed
when contending with foes at the city gate.