127:1 A Song of Ascents; of 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.

127:2 It is vain for you that ye rise early, and sit up late, ye that eat the bread of toil; so He giveth unto His beloved in sleep.

127:3 Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward.

127:4 As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, so are the children of one's youth.

127:5 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.


Hebrew Transliteration

127:1 shiyr hamma`aloth lishlomoh 'im-Adonay lo'-yibhnehbhayith shâve' `âmelu bhonâyv bo 'im-Adonay lo'-yishmâr-`iyr shâve'shâqadh shomêr

127:2 shâve' lâkhem mashkiymêy qum me'acharêy-shebheth'okhelêy lechem hâ`atsâbhiym kên yittên liydhiydho shênâ'

127:3 hinnêhnachalath Adonay bâniym sâkhâr periy habbâthen

127:4 kechitsiymbeyadh-gibbor kên benêy hanne`uriym

127:5 'ashrêy haggebher 'asher millê''eth-'ashpâtho mêhem lo'-yêbhoshu kiy-yedhabberu 'eth-'oyebhiym bashâ`ar

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