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1Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor uselessly. Unless the LORD guards the city, its security forces keep watch uselessly.
2It is useless to get up early and to stay up late, eating the food of exhausting labor— truly he gives sleep to those he loves.
3Children are a gift from the LORD; a productive womb, the LORD's reward.
4As arrows in the hand of a warrior, so also are children born during one's youth.
5How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them! He will not be ashamed as they confront their enemies at the city gate.