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Psalm 127 Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

A song from Solomon for going up to the Temple.

127 If it is not the Lord who builds a house,
    the builders are wasting their time.
If it is not the Lord who watches over the city,
    the guards are wasting their time.

It is a waste of time to get up early and stay up late,
    trying to make a living.
The Lord provides for those he loves,
    even while they are sleeping.

Children are a gift[a] from the Lord,
    a reward from a mother’s womb.
A young man’s sons
    are like the arrows in a soldier’s hand.
The man who fills his quiver with sons
    will be very blessed.
He will never be defeated
    when he opposes his enemy at the city gates.[b]


  1. Psalm 127:3 gift Literally, “inheritance.” This usually means the land God gave to each family in Israel.
  2. Psalm 127:5 city gates This can refer to either a battle to protect the city or to a court case held in this public place.
Easy-to-Read Version (ERV)

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