A Song of degrees for Solomon (Shelomoh).
1 Unless יהוה build the house, they labor in vain who build it; unless יהוה 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 Behold, children are a heritage of יהוה; 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.