Unless the Lord Builds the House

Psalm 127

A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.

Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord x watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious y toil;
for he gives to his z beloved a sleep.

3 Behold, b children are a heritage from the Lord,
c the fruit of the womb a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of d a warrior
are the children 1 of one's youth.
5 Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies e in the gate. 2

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 120:1
    In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 121:4
    Behold, he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep.
  3. Cross References
    Genesis 3:17
    And to Adam he said, "Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, 'You shall not eat of it,' cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life.
    Genesis 3:19
    By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.
  4. Cross References
    Psalms 60:5
    That your beloved ones may be delivered, give salvation by your right hand and answer us!
  5. Cross References
    Mark 4:26 - 27
    And he said, "The kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed on the ground.
  6. Cross References
    Genesis 33:5
    And when Esau lifted up his eyes and saw the women and children, he said, "Who are these with you?" Jacob said, "The children whom God has graciously given your servant.
  7. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 28:4
    Blessed shall be the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your ground and the fruit of your cattle, the increase of your herds and the young of your flock.
    Psalms 132:11
    The Lord swore to David a sure oath from which he will not turn back: "One of the sons of your body I will set on your throne.
  8. Cross References
    Psalms 120:4
    A warrior's sharp arrows, with glowing coals of the broom tree!
  9. Cross References
    Job 5:4
    His children are far from safety; they are crushed in the gate, and there is no one to deliver them.
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