1 If the Lord does not build the house, it is useless for the builders to work on it. If the Lord does not protect a city, it is useless for the guard to stay alert. 2 It is useless to work hard for the food you eat by getting up early and going to bed late. The Lord gives food to those he loves while they sleep.
3 Children are an inheritance from the Lord. They are a reward from him. 4 The children born to a man when he is young are like arrows in the hand of a warrior. 5 Blessed is the man who has filled his quiver with them. He will not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the city gate.
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