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Unless the Lord Builds the House
A Song of (A)Ascents. Of Solomon.
127 Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labor in vain.
Unless the Lord (B)watches over the city,
the watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is in vain that you rise up early
and go late to rest,
eating the bread of anxious (C)toil;
for he gives to his (D)beloved (E)sleep.
3 Behold, (F)children are a heritage from the Lord,
(G)the fruit of the womb a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of (H)a warrior
are the children[a] of one's youth.
5 Blessed is the man
who fills his quiver with them!
He shall not be put to shame
when he speaks with his enemies (I)in the gate.[b]
Blessed Is Everyone Who Fears the Lord
A Song of (J)Ascents.
They Have Afflicted Me from My Youth
A Song of (U)Ascents.
129 “Greatly[c] have they (V)afflicted me (W)from my youth”—
(X)let Israel now say—
2 “Greatly have they (Y)afflicted me (Z)from my youth,
(AA)yet they have not prevailed against me.
3 (AB)The plowers plowed (AC)upon my back;
they made long their furrows.”
4 The Lord is righteous;
he has cut (AD)the cords of the wicked.
5 May all who hate Zion
be (AE)put to shame and turned backward!
6 Let them be like (AF)the grass on the housetops,
which (AG)withers before it grows up,
7 with which the reaper does not fill his hand
nor the binder of sheaves his arms,
8 nor do those who pass by say,
(AH)“The blessing of the Lord be upon you!
We (AI)bless you in the name of the Lord!”
My Soul Waits for the Lord
A Song of (AJ)Ascents.
I Have Calmed and Quieted My Soul
A Song of (BA)Ascents. Of David.
131 O Lord, my heart is not (BB)lifted up;
my eyes are not (BC)raised too high;
I do not (BD)occupy myself with things
too great and (BE)too marvelous for me.
2 But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned (BF)child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
3 (BG)O Israel, hope in the Lord
from this time forth and forevermore.