King James Version

Psalm 127

1Except 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.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 127

Psalm 127

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 the 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.