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(A song by Solomon for worship.)

Only the Lord Can Bless a Home

127 Without the help of the Lord
    it is useless to build a home
    or to guard a city.
It is useless to get up early
and stay up late
    in order to earn a living.
God takes care of his own,
    even while they sleep.[a]

Children are a blessing
    and a gift from the Lord.
Having a lot of children
to take care of you
    in your old age
    is like a warrior
    with a lot of arrows.
The more you have,
    the better off you will be,
because they will protect you
    when your enemies attack
    with arguments.

Footnotes

  1. 127.2 God. . . sleep: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.