Psalm 127

A song of ascents. Of Solomon.

Unless the Lord builds(A) the house,
    the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches(B) over the city,
    the guards stand watch in vain.
In vain you rise early
    and stay up late,
toiling for food(C) to eat—
    for he grants sleep(D) to[a] those he loves.(E)

Children are a heritage from the Lord,
    offspring a reward(F) from him.
Like arrows(G) in the hands of a warrior
    are children born in one’s youth.
Blessed is the man
    whose quiver is full of them.(H)
They will not be put to shame
    when they contend with their opponents(I) in court.(J)

Psalm 128

A song of ascents.

Blessed are all who fear the Lord,(K)
    who walk in obedience to him.(L)
You will eat the fruit of your labor;(M)
    blessings and prosperity(N) will be yours.
Your wife will be like a fruitful vine(O)
    within your house;
your children(P) will be like olive shoots(Q)
    around your table.
Yes, this will be the blessing(R)
    for the man who fears the Lord.(S)

May the Lord bless you from Zion;(T)
    may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem(U)
    all the days of your life.
May you live to see your children’s children—(V)
    peace be on Israel.(W)

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 127:2 Or eat— / for while they sleep he provides for