1 Canticum ascensionum. Salomonis. Nisi Dominus aedificaverit domum, in vanum laborant, qui aedificant eam. Nisi Dominus custodierit civitatem, frustra vigilat, qui custodit eam.
2 Vanum est vobis ante lucem surgere et sero quiescere, qui manducatis panem laboris, quia dabit dilectis suis somnum.
3 Ecce hereditas Domini filii, merces fructus ventris.
4 Sicut sagittae in manu potentis, ita filii iuventutis.
5 Beatus vir, qui implevit pharetram suam ex ipsis: non confundetur, cum loquetur inimicis suis in porta.
King James Version
A Song of degrees for Solomon.
1 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.
2 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.
3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.
4 As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth.
5 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.