Unless the Lord the House Shall Build

Representative Text

1 Unless the Lord the house shall build,
the weary builders toil in vain;
unless the LORD the city shield,
the guards a useless watch maintain.

2 In vain you rise at morning break,
in vain your late-night vigils keep,
and draining days of work partake—
those whom God loves fall fast asleep.

3 Yes, children are a great reward,
a gift from God in very truth;
as quiver full of arrows stored
are children giv'n in days of youth.

4 How blest are those whose lives are cheered
by children's growth in strength and grace.
Within their house no foes are feared,
for God keeps watch within that place.

Source: Christian Worship: Psalter #127D

Text Information

First Line: Unless the Lord the house shall build
Title: Unless the Lord the House Shall Build
Meter: 8.8.8.8
Language: English
Copyright: Public Domain

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The Cyber Hymnal #7033
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Christian Worship #127D

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Glory to God #46

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The Cyber Hymnal #7033

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The Presbyterian Hymnal #238

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Trinity Hymnal (Rev. ed.) #365

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Trinity Psalter Hymnal #127A

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Trinity Psalter Hymnal #127B

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