1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
those who build it labour in vain.
2 Unless the Lord keeps the city,
the guard keeps watch in vain.
3 It is in vain that you hasten to rise up early
and go so late to rest, eating the bread of toil,
for he gives his beloved sleep.
4 Children are a heritage from the Lord
and the fruit of the womb is his gift.
5 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
so are the children of one’s youth.
6 Happy are those who have their quiver full of them:
they shall not be put to shame
when they dispute with their enemies in the gate.