Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD 1watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.
It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious 2toil; for he gives to his 3beloved 4sleep.
Behold, 5children are a heritage from the LORD, 6the fruit of the womb a reward.
Like arrows in the hand of 7a warrior are the childrena of one's youth.
Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them! He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies 8in the gate.b