1 Unless the Lord builds the house, ♦︎
those who build it labour in vain.
2 Unless the Lord keeps the city, ♦︎
the guard keeps watch in vain.
3 It is in vain that you hasten to rise up early
and go so late to rest, eating the bread of toil, ♦︎
for he gives his beloved sleep.
4 Children are a heritage from the Lord ♦︎
and the fruit of the womb is his gift.
5 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, ♦︎
so are the children of ones youth.
6 Happy are those who have their quiver full of them: ♦︎
they shall not be put to shame
when they dispute with their enemies in the gate.
1 Blessed are all those who fear the Lord, ♦︎
and walk in his ways.
2 You shall eat the fruit of the toil of your hands; ♦︎
it shall go well with you, and happy shall you be.
3 Your wife within your house
shall be like a fruitful vine; ♦︎
your children round your table,
like fresh olive branches.
4 Thus shall the one be blest ♦︎
who fears the Lord.
5 The Lord from out of Zion bless you, ♦︎
that you may see Jerusalem in prosperity
all the days of your life.
6 May you see your childrens children, ♦︎
and may there be peace upon Israel.
1 Many a time have they fought against me from my youth, ♦︎
may Israel now say;
2 Many a time have they fought against me from my youth, ♦︎
but they have not prevailed against me.
3 The ploughers ploughed upon my back ♦︎
and made their furrows long.
4 But the righteous Lord ♦︎
has cut the cords of the wicked in pieces.
5 Let them be put to shame and turned backwards, ♦︎
as many as are enemies of Zion.
6 Let them be like grass upon the housetops, ♦︎
which withers before it can grow,
7 So that no reaper can fill his hand, ♦︎
nor a binder of sheaves his bosom;
8 And none who go by may say,
The blessing of the Lord be upon you. ♦︎
We bless you in the name of the Lord.