Unless the Lord Builds the House

Psalm 127

1 Unless the LORD builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless a the LORD guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise up early,
To sit up late,
To b eat the bread of sorrows;
For so He gives His beloved sleep.

3 Behold, c children are a heritage from the LORD,
d The fruit of the womb is a e reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one's youth.
5 f Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;
g They shall not be ashamed,
But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

  1. Cross References
    Isaiah 61:3
    To console those who mourn in Zion, To give them beauty for ashes, The oil of joy for mourning, The garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; That they may be called trees of righteousness, The planting of the LORD, that He may be glorified.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 121:3 - 5
    He will not allow your foot to be moved; He who keeps you will not slumber.
  3. Cross References
    Genesis 3:17
    Then to Adam He said, "Because you have heeded the voice of your wife, and have eaten from the tree of which I commanded you, saying, 'You shall not eat of it': Cursed is the ground for your sake; In toil you shall eat of it All the days of your life.
    Genesis 3:19
    In the sweat of your face you shall eat bread Till you return to the ground, For out of it you were taken; For dust you are, And to dust you shall return.
  4. Cross References
    Genesis 33:5
    And he lifted his eyes and saw the women and children, and said, "Who are these with you?" So he said, "The children whom God has graciously given your servant.
    Joshua 24:3
    Then I took your father Abraham from the other side of the River, led him throughout all the land of Canaan, and multiplied his descendants and gave him Isaac.
    Joshua 24:4
    To Isaac I gave Jacob and Esau. To Esau I gave the mountains of Seir to possess, but Jacob and his children went down to Egypt.
    Psalms 113:9
    He grants the barren woman a home, Like a joyful mother of children. Praise the LORD!
  5. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 7:13
    And He will love you and bless you and multiply you; He will also bless the fruit of your womb and the fruit of your land, your grain and your new wine and your oil, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flock, in the land of which He swore to your fathers to give you.
    Deuteronomy 28:4
    Blessed shall be the fruit of your body, the produce of your ground and the increase of your herds, the increase of your cattle and the offspring of your flocks.
    Isaiah 13:18
    Also their bows will dash the young men to pieces, And they will have no pity on the fruit of the womb; Their eye will not spare children.
  6. Cross References
    Psalms 113:9
    He grants the barren woman a home, Like a joyful mother of children. Praise the LORD!
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 128:2
    When you eat the labor of your hands, You shall be happy, and it shall be well with you.
    Psalms 128:3
    Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine In the very heart of your house, Your children like olive plants All around your table.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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