Psalm 127:1-5

127:1 A song of ascents; by Solomon.

If the Lord does not build a house,

then those who build it work in vain.

If the Lord does not guard a city,

then the watchman stands guard in vain.

2 It is vain for you to rise early, come home late,

and work so hard for your food.

Yes, he provides for those whom he loves even when they sleep.

3 Yes, sons are a gift from the Lord;

the fruit of the womb is a reward.

4 Sons born during one’s youth

are like arrows in a warrior’s hand.

5 How blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them.

They will not be put to shame when they confront enemies at the city gate.