127 Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor uselessly. Unless the Lord guards the city, its security forces keep watch uselessly. 2 It is useless to get up early and to stay up late,[a] eating the food of exhausting labor— truly he gives sleep to those he loves.
3 Children[b] are a gift[c] from the Lord; a productive womb, the Lord’s[d] reward. 4 As arrows in the hand of a warrior, so also are children[e] born during one’s[f] youth. 5 How blessed[g] is the man whose quiver is full of them! He[h] will not be ashamed as they confront their enemies at the city gate.
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