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Psalm 127

A song by Solomon for going up to worship.

If Yahweh does not build the house,
    it is useless for the builders to work on it.
    If Yahweh does not protect a city,
    it is useless for the guard to stay alert.
It is useless to work hard for the food you eat
    by getting up early and going to bed late.
        Yahweh gives food to those he loves while they sleep.

Children are an inheritance from Yahweh.
    They are a reward from him.
The children born to a man when he is young
    are like arrows in the hand of a warrior.
        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.