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The fifth book of Psalms, song 127, New English Translation

Psalm 127

   A song of ascents, by Solomon.
   1 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 can provide 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.

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