1 Unless LORD builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. Unless LORD guards the city, the watchman wake but in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to take rest late, to eat the bread of toil, [for] so he gives sleep to his beloved.
3 Lo, sons are a heritage of LORD, [and] the fruit of the womb is [a] reward.
4 As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, so are the sons of youth.
5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them. They shall not be put to shame when they speak with their enemies in the gate.