1 Except the Lord [a]build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the [b]city, the keeper watcheth in vain.

2 It is in vain for [c]you to rise early, and to lie down late, and eat the bread [d]of sorrow: but he will surely give [e]rest to his beloved.

3 Behold, children are the inheritance of the Lord, and the fruit of the womb his reward.

4 As are the arrows in the hand of the strong man; so are the [f]children of youth.

5 Blessed is the man that hath his quiver full of them: for they [g]shall not be ashamed, when they speak with their enemies in the gate.


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