Unless the LORD builds1 the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches2 over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.
In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food3 to eat-- for he grants sleep4 toa those he loves.53
Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward6 from him.
Like arrows7 in the hands of a warrior are children born in one's youth.
Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them.8 They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents9 in court.10