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.
The Common Worship psalter is © The Archbishops Council of the Church of England, 2000.
Common Worship texts are available at http://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/liturgy/commonworship/
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10 February 2011