1 Unless the LORD builds the house, ¶ the builders labor in vain. ¶ Unless the LORD watches over the city, ¶ the guards stand watch in vain.
2 In vain you rise early and stay up late, ¶ toiling for food to eat — ¶ for he grants sleep to [^1] those he loves.
3 Children are a heritage from the LORD, ¶ offspring a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one's youth.
5 Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. ¶ They will not be put to shame ¶ when they contend with their opponents in court.