1Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.2In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat— for he grants sleep to those he loves.3Children are a heritage from the LORD, offspring a reward from him.4Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth.5Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court.
1Blessed are all who fear the LORD, who walk in obedience to him.2You will eat the fruit of your labor; blessings and prosperity will be yours.3Your wife will be like a fruitful vine within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table.4Yes, this will be the blessing for the man who fears the LORD.5May the LORD bless you from Zion; may you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life.6May you live to see your children’s children— peace be on Israel.
1“They have greatly oppressed me from my youth,” let Israel say;2“they have greatly oppressed me from my youth, but they have not gained the victory over me.3Plowmen have plowed my back and made their furrows long.4But the LORD is righteous; he has cut me free from the cords of the wicked.”5May all who hate Zion be turned back in shame.6May they be like grass on the roof, which withers before it can grow;7a reaper cannot fill his hands with it, nor one who gathers fill his arms.8May those who pass by not say to them, “The blessing of the LORD be on you; we bless you in the name of the LORD.”