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Psalm 127. Nisi Dominus.

From the Book of Divine Worship - The Psalter or Psalms of David - Contemporary - Twenty-seventh Day - Evening Prayer.
  1. Unless the Lord builds the house, *
    their labor is in vain who build it.
  2. Unless the Lord watches over the city, *
    in vain the watchman keeps his vigil.
  3. It is in vain that you rise so early and go to bed so late; *
    vain, too, to eat the bread of toil, for he gives to his beloved sleep.
  4. Children are a heritage from the Lord, *
    and the fruit of the womb is a gift.
  5. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior *
    are the children of one's youth.
  6. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them! *
    he shall not be put to shame when he contends with his enemies in the gate.
Notes:
* An asterisk divides a verse of a Psalm in two portions for responsive reading
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