Psalm 127:1
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New International Version
A song of ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.

New Living Translation
A song for pilgrims ascending to Jerusalem. A psalm of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds a house, the work of the builders is wasted. Unless the LORD protects a city, guarding it with sentries will do no good.

English Standard Version
A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.

New American Standard Bible
A Song of Ascents, of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.

King James Bible
A Song of degrees for Solomon. 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.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A Solomonic song of ascents. Unless the LORD builds a house, its builders labor over it in vain; unless the LORD watches over a city, the watchman stays alert in vain.

International Standard Version
Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor uselessly. Unless the LORD guards the city, its security forces keep watch uselessly.

NET Bible
A song of ascents, by Solomon. 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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If Lord Jehovah does not build the house, its builders labor uselessly, and if Lord Jehovah does not keep the city, its keepers wake up uselessly.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
[A song by Solomon for going up to worship.] If the LORD does not build the house, it is useless for the builders to work on it. If the LORD does not protect a city, it is useless for the guard to stay alert.

JPS Tanakh 1917
A Song of Ascents; of Solomon. 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.

New American Standard 1977
Unless the LORD builds the house,
            They labor in vain who build it;
            Unless the LORD guards the city,
            The watchman keeps awake in vain.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Unless the LORD builds the house, they labour in vain that build it; unless the LORD keeps the city, the watchmen watch in vain.

King James 2000 Bible
Unless the LORD builds the house, they labor in vain that build it: unless the LORD keeps the city, the watchman wakes, but in vain.

American King James Version
Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman wakes but in vain.

American Standard Version
Except Jehovah build the house, They labor in vain that build it: Except Jehovah keep the city, The watchman waketh but in vain.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Unless the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it. Unless the Lord keep the city, he watcheth in vain that keepeth it.

Darby Bible Translation
{A Song of degrees. Of Solomon.} Unless Jehovah build the house, in vain do its builders labour in it; unless Jehovah keep the city, the keeper watcheth in vain:

English Revised Version
A Song of Ascents; of Solomon. 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.

Webster's Bible Translation
A Song of degrees for Solomon. Except the LORD shall build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD shall keep the city, the watchman waketh in vain.

World English Bible
Unless Yahweh builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. Unless Yahweh watches over the city, the watchman guards it in vain.

Young's Literal Translation
A Song of the Ascents, by Solomon. If Jehovah doth not build the house, In vain have its builders laboured at it, If Jehovah doth not watch a city, In vain hath a watchman waked.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
127:1-5 The value of the Divine blessing. - Let us always look to God's providence. In all the affairs and business of a family we must depend upon his blessing. 1. For raising a family. If God be not acknowledged, we have no reason to expect his blessing; and the best-laid plans fail, unless he crowns them with success. 2. For the safety of a family or a city. Except the Lord keep the city, the watchmen, though they neither slumber nor sleep, wake but in vain; mischief may break out, which even early discoveries may not be able to prevent. 3. For enriching a family. Some are so eager upon the world, that they are continually full of care, which makes their comforts bitter, and their lives a burden. All this is to get money; but all in vain, except God prosper them: while those who love the Lord, using due diligence in their lawful callings, and casting all their care upon him, have needful success, without uneasiness or vexation. Our care must be to keep ourselves in the love of God; then we may be easy, whether we have little or much of this world. But we must use the proper means very diligently. Children are God's gifts, a heritage, and a reward; and are to be accounted blessings, and not burdens: he who sends mouths, will send meat, if we trust in him. They are a great support and defence to a family. Children who are young, may be directed aright to the mark, God's glory, and the service of their generation; but when they are gone into the world, they are arrows out of the hand, it is too late to direct them then. But these arrows in the hand too often prove arrows in the heart, a grief to godly parents. Yet, if trained according to God's word, they generally prove the best defence in declining years, remembering their obligations to their parents, and taking care of them in old age. All earthly comforts are uncertain, but the Lord will assuredly comfort and bless those who serve him; and those who seek the conversion of sinners, will find that their spiritual children are their joy and crown in the day of Jesus Christ.
Study Bible
Unless the Lord Builds
1A Song of Ascents, of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain. 2It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.…
Cross References
Leviticus 26:20
'Your strength will be spent uselessly, for your land will not yield its produce and the trees of the land will not yield their fruit.

Psalm 78:69
And He built His sanctuary like the heights, Like the earth which He has founded forever.

Psalm 121:3
He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.

Psalm 121:4
Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep.

Psalm 126:6
He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, Shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.
Treasury of Scripture

Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman wakes but in vain.

A Song.

Psalm 120:1 In my distress I cried to the LORD, and he heard me.

Psalm 121:1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from where comes my help.

Psalm 122:1 I was glad when they said to me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.

Psalm 123:1 To you lift I up my eyes, O you that dwell in the heavens.

Psalm 124:1 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say;

Psalm 125:1 They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot …

Psalm 126:1 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

for Solomon. or, of Solomon

Psalm 72:1 Give the king your judgments, O God, and your righteousness to the king's son.

The Lord

Psalm 33:16-18 There is no king saved by the multitude of an host: a mighty man …

Proverbs 16:9 A man's heart devises his way: but the LORD directs his steps.

Proverbs 21:30,31 There is no wisdom nor understanding nor counsel against the LORD…

Ecclesiastes 9:11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, …

1 Corinthians 3:7 So then neither is he that plants any thing, neither he that waters; …

build

1 Chronicles 22:10,11 He shall build an house for my name; and he shall be my son, and …

1 Chronicles 28:10,20 Take heed now; for the LORD has chosen you to build an house for …

1 Chronicles 29:19 And give to Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep your commandments, …

1 Corinthians 3:9-15 For we are laborers together with God: you are God's husbandry, you …

they labour

1 Corinthians 15:14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your …

Galatians 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest I have bestowed on you labor in vain.

that build it. Heb. that are builders of it in it
except

Psalm 121:3-5 He will not suffer your foot to be moved: he that keeps you will not slumber…

Isaiah 27:3 I the LORD do keep it; I will water it every moment: lest any hurt …

Zechariah 2:4,5 And said to him, Run, speak to this young man, saying…

the watchman

Songs 3:3 The watchmen that go about the city found me: to whom I said, Saw …

Songs 5:7 The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they …

Isaiah 21:5-12 Prepare the table, watch in the watchtower, eat, drink: arise, you …

Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb …

Isaiah 62:6 I have set watchmen on your walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never …

Jeremiah 51:12,31 Set up the standard on the walls of Babylon, make the watch strong, …

Ezekiel 33:2-9 Son of man, speak to the children of your people, and say to them, …

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