Psalm 127 ESV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORDwatches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain. 1 Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.
2 It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep. 2 In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat-- for he grants sleep to those he loves.
3 Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, the fruit of the womb a reward. 3 Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the children of one's youth. 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in 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 in the gate. 5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate.