A Song of degrees for Solomon.
1 Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.* for…: or, of Solomon† that…: Heb. that are builders of it in it
2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
5 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.‡ his…: Heb. filled his quiver with them§ speak…: or, subdue, or, destroy
*127.1 for…: or, of Solomon
†127.1 that…: Heb. that are builders of it in it
‡127.5 his…: Heb. filled his quiver with them
§127.5 speak…: or, subdue, or, destroy