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Psalm 127:title–5

Unless the Lord Builds the House

127 A Song of mAscents. Of Solomon.

Unless the Lord builds the house,

those who build it labor in vain.

Unless the Lord xwatches over the city,

the watchman stays awake in vain.

It is in vain that you rise up early

and go late to rest,

eating the bread of anxious ytoil;

for he gives to his zbeloved asleep.

Behold, bchildren are a heritage from the Lord,

cthe fruit of the womb a reward.

Like arrows in the hand of da warrior

are the children1 of one’s youth.

Blessed is the man

who fills his quiver with them!

He shall not be put to shame

when he speaks with his enemies ein the gate.2

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Psalm 127:title–5 — The New International Version (NIV)

Title A song of ascents. Of Solomon.

Unless the Lord builds the house,

the builders labor in vain.

Unless the Lord watches over the city,

the guards stand watch in vain.

In vain you rise early

and stay up late,

toiling for food to eat—

for he grants sleep to those he loves.

Children are a heritage from the Lord,

offspring a reward from him.

Like arrows in the hands of a warrior

are children born in one’s youth.

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.

Psalm 127:title–5 — King James Version (KJV 1900)

Title A Song of degrees for Solomon.

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.

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.

Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord:

And the fruit of the womb is his reward.

As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man;

So are children of the youth.

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.

Psalm 127:title–5 — New Living Translation (NLT)

Title A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of Solomon.

Unless the Lord builds a house,

the work of the builders is wasted.

Unless the Lord protects a city,

guarding it with sentries will do no good.

It is useless for you to work so hard

from early morning until late at night,

anxiously working for food to eat;

for God gives rest to his loved ones.

Children are a gift from the Lord;

they are a reward from him.

Children born to a young man

are like arrows in a warrior’s hands.

How joyful is the man whose quiver is full of them!

He will not be put to shame when he confronts his accusers at the city gates.

Psalm 127:title–5 — The New King James Version (NKJV)

Title A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.

Unless the Lord builds the house,

They labor in vain who build it;

Unless the Lord guards the city,

The watchman stays awake in vain.

It is vain for you to rise up early,

To sit up late,

To eat the bread of sorrows;

For so He gives His beloved sleep.

Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,

The fruit of the womb is a reward.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,

So are the children of one’s youth.

Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them;

They shall not be ashamed,

But shall speak with their enemies in the gate.

Psalm 127:title–5 — New Century Version (NCV)

Title A song for going up to worship. Of Solomon.

If the Lord doesn’t build the house,

the builders are working for nothing.

If the Lord doesn’t guard the city,

the guards are watching for nothing.

It is no use for you to get up early

and stay up late,

working for a living.

The Lord gives sleep to those he loves.

Children are a gift from the Lord;

babies are a reward.

Children who are born to a young man

are like arrows in the hand of a warrior.

Happy is the man

who has his bag full of arrows.

They will not be defeated

when they fight their enemies at the city gate.

Psalm 127:title–5 — American Standard Version (ASV 1901)

Title A Song of Ascents; of Solomon.

Except Jehovah build the house,

They labor in vain that build it:

Except Jehovah keep the city,

The watchman waketh but in vain.

It is vain for you to rise up early,

To take rest late,

To eat the bread of toil;

For so he giveth unto his beloved sleep.

Lo, children are a heritage of Jehovah;

And the fruit of the womb is his reward.

As arrows in the hand of a mighty man,

So are the children of youth.

Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of them:

They shall not be put to shame,

When they speak with their enemies in the gate.

Psalm 127:title–5 — 1890 Darby Bible (DARBY)

Title A Song of degrees. Of Solomon.

Unless Jehovah build the house, in vain do its builders labour in it; unless Jehovah keep the city, the keeper watcheth in vain: It is vain for you to rise up early, to lie down late, to eat the bread of sorrows: so to his beloved one he giveth sleep. Lo, children are an inheritance from Jehovah, and the fruit of the womb a reward. As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, so are the children of youth. Happy is the man that hath filled his quiver with them. They shall not be ashamed when they speak with enemies in the gate.

Psalm 127:title–5 — GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)

Title A song by Solomon for going up to worship.

If the Lord does not build the house,

it is useless for the builders to work on it.

If the Lord does not protect a city,

it is useless for the guard to stay alert.

It is useless to work hard for the food you eat

by getting up early and going to bed late.

The Lord gives food to those he loves while they sleep.

Children are an inheritance from the Lord.

They are a reward from him.

The children born to a man when he is young

are like arrows in the hand of a warrior.

Blessed is the man who has filled his quiver with them.

He will not be put to shame

when he speaks with his enemies in the city gate.

Psalm 127:title–5 — The Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)

Title A Solomonic song of ascents.

Unless the Lord builds a house,

its builders labor over it in vain;

unless the Lord watches over a city,

the watchman stays alert in vain.

In vain you get up early and stay up late,

working hard to have enough food—

yes, He gives sleep to the one He loves.

Sons are indeed a heritage from the Lord,

children, a reward.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior

are the sons born in one’s youth.

Happy is the man who has filled his quiver with them.

Such men will never be put to shame

when they speak with their enemies at the city gate.

Psalm 127:title–5 — The New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Title A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.

Unless the Lord builds the house,

those who build it labor in vain.

Unless the Lord guards the city,

the guard keeps watch in vain.

It is in vain that you rise up early

and go late to rest,

eating the bread of anxious toil;

for he gives sleep to his beloved.

Sons are indeed a heritage from the Lord,

the fruit of the womb a reward.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior

are the sons of one’s youth.

Happy is the man who has

his quiver full of them.

He shall not be put to shame

when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.

Psalm 127:title–5 — The Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Title A song of ascents. Of Solomon.

Unless Yahweh builds a house,

its builders labor at it in vain.

Unless Yahweh guards a city,

a guard watches in vain.

It is in vain for you who rise early and sit late,

eating the bread of anxious toil,

when thus he provides for his beloved in his sleep.

Look, children are the heritage of Yahweh;

the fruit of the womb is a reward.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,

so are the children of one’s youth.

Blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them.

They shall not be put to shame

when they speak with enemies at the gate.

Psalm 127:title–5 — New International Reader’s Version (NIrV)

Title A song for those who go up to Jerusalem to worship the Lord. A psalm of Solomon.

If the Lord doesn’t build a house,

the work of its builders is useless.

If the Lord doesn’t watch over a city,

it’s useless for those on guard duty to stand watch over it.

It’s useless for you to work from early morning

until late at night

just to get food to eat.

God provides for those he loves even while they sleep.

Children are a gift from the Lord.

They are a reward from him.

Children who are born to people when they are young

are like arrows in the hands of a soldier.

Blessed are those

who have many children.

They won’t be put to shame

when they go up against their enemies in court.

Psalm 127:title–5 — New American Standard Bible: 1995 Update (NASB95)

Title A Song of Ascents, of Solomon.

Unless the Lord builds the house,

They labor in vain who build it;

Unless the Lord guards the city,

The watchman keeps awake in vain.

It is vain for you to rise up early,

To retire late,

To eat the bread of painful labors;

For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.

Behold, children are a gift of the Lord,

The fruit of the womb is a reward.

Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,

So are the children of one’s youth.

How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;

They will not be ashamed

When they speak with their enemies in the gate.