127 Unless the Lordbuilds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lordguards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain. 2 It is vain for you to rise up early, To [a]retire late, To eat the bread of [b]painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.
3 Behold, children are a [c]gift of the Lord, The fruit of the womb is a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one’s youth. 5 How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them; They will not be ashamed When they speak with their enemies in the gate.
Blessedness of the Fear of the Lord.
A Song of Ascents.
128 How blessed is everyone who fears the Lord, Who walks in His ways. 2 When you shall eat of the [d]fruit of your hands, You will be happy and it will be well with you. 3 Your wife shall be like a fruitful vine [e]Within your house, Your children like olive plants Around your table. 4 Behold, for thus shall the man be blessed Who fears the Lord.
5 The Lord bless you from Zion, And may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. 6 Indeed, may you see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel!
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