127 A song of ascents, 2 by Solomon.
If the Lord does not build a house, 3
then those who build it work in vain.
If the Lord does not guard a city, 4
then the watchman stands guard in vain.
2 It is vain for you to rise early, come home late,
and work so hard for your food. 5
Yes, 6 he can provide for those whom he loves even when they sleep. 7
3 Yes, 8 sons 9 are a gift from the Lord,
the fruit of the womb is a reward.
4 Sons born during one’s youth
are like arrows in a warrior’s hand. 10
5 How blessed is the man who fills his quiver with them!
They will not be put to shame 11 when they confront 12 enemies at the city gate.
128 A song of ascents. 2
How blessed is every one of the Lord’s loyal followers, 3
each one who keeps his commands! 4
2 You 5 will eat what you worked so hard to grow. 6
You will be blessed and secure. 7
3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine 8
in the inner rooms of your house;
your children 9 will be like olive branches,
as they sit all around your table.
4 Yes indeed, the man who fears the Lord
will be blessed in this way. 10
5 May the Lord bless you 11 from Zion,
that you might see 12 Jerusalem 13 prosper
all the days of your life,
6 and that you might see 14 your grandchildren. 15
May Israel experience peace! 16
129 A song of ascents. 2
“Since my youth they have often attacked me,”
let Israel say.
2 “Since my youth they have often attacked me,
but they have not defeated me.
3 The plowers plowed my back;
they made their furrows long.
4 The Lord is just;
he cut the ropes of the wicked.” 3
5 May all who hate Zion
be humiliated and turned back!
6 May they be like the grass on the rooftops
which withers before one can even pull it up, 4
7 which cannot fill the reaper’s hand,
or the lap of the one who gathers the grain!
8 Those who pass by will not say, 5
“May you experience the Lord’s blessing!
We pronounce a blessing on you in the name of the Lord.”