1Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain.
2It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives sleep to his beloved.
3Sons are indeed a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.
4Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons of ones youth.
5Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them. He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.
The New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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10 February 2011