1271If the LORD does not build the house,
the work of the builders is useless;
if the LORD does not protect the city,
it is useless for the sentries to stand guard.
2It is useless to work so hard for a living,
getting up early and going to bed late.
For the LORD provides for those he loves,
while they are asleep.
3Children are a gift from the LORD;
they are a real blessing.
4The sons a man has when he is young
are like arrows in a soldier's hand.
5Happy is the man who has many such arrows.
He will never be defeated
when he meets his enemies in the place of judgement.
1281Happy are those who obey the LORD,
who live by his commands.
2Your work will provide for your needs;
you will be happy and prosperous.
3Your wife will be like a fruitful vine in your home,
and your children will be like young olive trees round your table.
4A man who obeys the LORD
will surely be blessed like this.
5May the LORD bless you from Zion!
May you see Jerusalem prosper
all the days of your life!
6May you live to see your grandchildren!
Peace be with Israel!
1291Israel, tell us how your enemies have persecuted you
ever since you were young.
2“Ever since I was young,
my enemies have persecuted me cruelly,
but they have not overcome me.
3They cut deep wounds in my back
and made it like a ploughed field.
4But the LORD, the righteous one,
has freed me from slavery.”
5May everyone who hates Zion
be defeated and driven back.
6May they all be like grass growing on the housetops,
which dries up before it can grow;
7no one gathers it up
or carries it away in bundles.
8No one who passes by will say,
“May the LORD bless you!
We bless you in the name of the LORD.”