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Psalm 127 ASV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Except Jehovah build the house, They labor in vain that build it: Except Jehovah keep the city, The watchman waketh but 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 take rest late, To eat the bread of toil; [For] so he giveth unto 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 Lo, children are a heritage of Jehovah; [And] the fruit of the womb is [his] reward. 3 Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.
4 As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, So are the children of youth. 4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth.
5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: They shall not be put to shame, When they 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.