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  • Psalm 127
  • Nisi Dominus


1Unless the LORD builds the house, *

their labor is in vain who build it.

2Unless the LORD watches over the city, *

in vain the watchman keeps his vigil.

3It is in vain that you rise so early and go to bed so late; *

vain, too, to eat the bread of toil,

for he gives to his beloved sleep.

4Children are a heritage from the LORD, *

and the fruit of the womb is a gift.

5Like arrows in the hand of a warrior *

are the children of one's youth.

6Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them! *

he shall not be put to shame

when he contends with his enemies in the gate.

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  chanted by the Rev. Philip Mayer
St. Peter's by the Lake Episcopal Church
The Colony, Texas