1aUnless Yahweh builds a house, its builders labor at it in vain. Unless Yahweh guards a city, a guard watches in vain.
[It is] in vain for you who rise early [and] sit late, eating the bread of anxious toil, [when] thus heb providesc for his beloved in [his] sleep.d3
Look, childrene [are] the heritagef of Yahweh; the fruit of the womb [is] a reward.
Like arrows in [the] hand of a warrior, so [are] the childreng of [one's] youth.
Blessed [is] the man who fills his quiver with them.h They shall not be put to shame when they speak with enemies at the gate.