Psalm 127:1 {126:1}
Good News Translation
If the LORD does not build the house, the work of the builders is useless; if the LORD does not protect the city, it does no good for the sentries to stand guard.

Contemporary English Version
Without the help of the LORD it is useless to build a home or to guard a city.

Douay-Rheims Bible
A gradual canticle of Solomon. 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.

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A gradual canticle of Solomon. 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.

A Song.

Psalm 120:1 In my trouble I cried to the Lord: and he heard me.

Psalm 121:1 I have lifted up my eyes to the mountains, from whence help shall come to me.

Psalm 122:1 A gradual canticle. I rejoiced at the things that were said to me: We shall go into the house of the Lord.

Psalm 123:1 To thee have I lifted up my eyes, who dwellest in heaven.

Psalm 124:1 A gradual canticle. If it had not been that the Lord was with us, let Israel now say:

Psalm 125:1 A gradual canticle. They that trust in the Lord shall be as mount Sion: he shall not be moved for ever that dwelleth

Psalm 126:1 A gradual canticle. When the Lord brought back the captivity of Sion, we became like men comforted.

for Solomon.

Psalm 72:1 A psalm on Solomon.

The Lord

Psalm 33:16-18 The king is not saved by a great army: nor shall the giant be saved by his own great strength. . . .

Proverbs 16:9 The heart of man disposeth his way: but the Lord must direct his steps.

Proverbs 21:30,31 There is no wisdom, there is no prudence, there is no counsel against the Lord. . . .

Ecclesiastes 9:11 I turned me to another thing, and I saw that under the sun, the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the learned, nor favour to the skilful: but time and chance in all.

1 Corinthians 3:7 Therefore, neither he that planteth is any thing, nor he that watereth: but God that giveth the increase.

build

1 Chronicles 22:10,11 He shall build a house to my name, and he shall be a son to me, and I will be a father to him: and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel for ever. . . .

1 Chronicles 28:10,20 Now therefore seeing the Lord hath chosen thee to build the house of the sanctuary, take courage, and do it. . . .

1 Chronicles 29:19 And give to Solomon my son a perfect heart, that he may keep thy commandments, thy testimonies, and thy ceremonies, and do all things: and build the house, for which I have provided the charges.

1 Corinthians 3:9-15 For we are God's coadjutors. You are God's husbandry: you are God's building. . . .

they labour

1 Corinthians 15:14 And if Christ be not risen again, then is our preaching vain: and your faith is also vain.

Galatians 4:11 I am afraid of you, lest perhaps I have laboured in vain among you.

that build it.

Psalm 121:3-5 May he not suffer thy foot to be moved: neither let him slumber that keepeth thee. . . .

Isaiah 27:3 I am the Lord that keep it, I will suddenly give it drink: lest any hurt come to it, I keep it night and day.

Zechariah 2:4,5 And he said to him: Run, speak to this young man, saying: Jerusalem shall be inhabited without walls, by reason of the multitude of men, and of the beasts in the midst thereof. . . .

the watchman

Songs 3:3 The watchmen who keep the city, found me: Have you seen him, whom my soul loveth?

Songs 5:7 The keepers that go about the city found me: they struck me: and wounded me: the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.

Isaiah 21:5-12 Prepare the table, behold in the watchtower them that eat and drink: arise, ye princes, take up the shield. . . .

Isaiah 56:10 His watchmen are all blind, they are all ignorant: dumb dogs not able to bark, seeing vain things, sleeping and loving dreams.

Isaiah 62:6 Upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen all the day, and all the night, they shall never hold their peace. You that are mindful of the Lord, hold not your peace,

Jeremiah 51:12,31 Upon the walls of Babylon set up the standard, strengthen the watch: set up the watchmen, prepare the ambushes: for the Lord hath both purposed, and done all that he spoke against the inhabitants of Babylon. . . .

Ezekiel 33:2-9 Son of man, speak to the children of thy people, and say to them: When I bring the sword upon a land, if the people of the land take a man, one of their meanest, and make him a watchman over them: . . .

Context
Children are a Heritage From the LORD
1A gradual canticle of Solomon. 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.2It is vain for you to rise before light, rise ye after you have sitten, you that eat the bread of sorrow. When he shall give sleep to his beloved,…
Cross References
Leviticus 26:20
Your labour shall be spent in vain: the ground shall not bring forth her increase: nor the trees yield their fruit.

Psalm 78:69
And he built his sanctuary as of unicorns, in the land which he founded for ever.

Psalm 121:3
May he not suffer thy foot to be moved: neither let him slumber that keepeth thee.

Psalm 121:4
Behold he shall neither slumber nor sleep, that keepeth Israel.

Psalm 126:6
Going they went and wept, casting their seeds. [7] But coming they shall come with joyfulness, carrying their sheaves.

Additional Translations
A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain; unless the LORD protects the city, its watchmen stand guard in vain.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.

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

A Song of Degrees. Except the Lord build the house, they that build labour in vain: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman watches in vain.

{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:

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.

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.

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

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.
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