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Psalm 127 NKJV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards 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 vain for you to rise up early, To sit up late, To eat the bread of sorrows; For so He gives 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 is a reward. 3 Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, So are the children of one's youth. 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth.
5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them; They shall not be ashamed, But shall speak with their 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.