Lexham English Bible
A Prayer for Protection and Prosperity
A song of ascents. Of Solomon.[a]
127 Unless Yahweh builds a house,
its builders labor at it in vain.
Unless Yahweh guards a city,
a guard watches in vain.
2 It is in vain for you who rise early and sit late,
eating the bread of anxious toil,
when thus he[b] provides[c] for his beloved in his sleep.[d]
3 Look, children[e] are the heritage[f] of Yahweh;
the fruit of the womb is a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
so are the children[g] of one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them.[h]
They shall not be put to shame
when they speak with enemies at the gate.
- Psalm 127:1 The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm
- Psalm 127:2 That is, Yahweh
- Psalm 127:2 Hebrew “gives”
- Psalm 127:2 Or “so he gives sleep to his beloved”
- Psalm 127:3 Hebrew “sons”
- Psalm 127:3 That is, gift
- Psalm 127:4 Hebrew “sons”
- Psalm 127:5 Or “whose quiver he Yahweh fills with them”