1 Unless the LORD builds up the house,
its builders toil in vain;
Unless he keeps the city safe,
they vainly watch maintain.
2 In vain you rise before the dawn
and late hours vainly keep
that you may toil for food to eat -
he gives his loved ones sleep.
3 Sons are a precious heritage
a blessing from the LORD;
the children that are born to us
are truly his reward.
4 Like arrows in a warrior's hand
are children of one's youth.
5 The man whose quiver's full of them
is blessed by God in truth.
Such men will not be put to shame -
that will not be their fate -
when they contend against their foes
who face them in the gate.
lyrics from 'Sing Psalms'. Copyright Free Church of Scotland.