Psalm 127

Psalm 127

A Song of [a]Ascents. Of Solomon.

1 Except the Lord builds the house, they labor in vain who build it; except the Lord keeps the city, the watchman wakes but in vain.(A)

2 It is vain for you to rise up early, to take rest late, to eat the bread of [anxious] toil—for He gives [blessings] to His beloved in sleep.

3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward.(B)

4 As arrows are in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth.

5 Happy, blessed, and fortunate is the man whose quiver is filled with them! They will not be put to shame when they speak with their adversaries [in gatherings] at the [city’s] gate.


  1. Psalm 127:1 See Psalm 120 title footnote.

Cross references

  1. Psalm 127:1 : Ps. 121:1, 3, 5.
  2. Psalm 127:3 : Deut. 28:4.

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