Psalms 127:1

“(A Song of degrees for 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.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

[A song of degrees for Solomon.] Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vaine that build it: except the Lord keepe the citie, the watchman waketh but in vaine.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Except Jehovah build the house, They labor in vain that build it: Except Jehovah keep the city, The watchman waketh but in vain.
- American Standard Version (1901)

<A Song of the going up. Of Solomon.> If the Lord is not helping the builders, then the building of a house is to no purpose: if the Lord does not keep the town, the watchman keeps his watch for nothing.
- Basic English Bible

{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:
- Darby Bible

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.
- Webster's Bible

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

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.
- Youngs Literal Bible

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.
- Jewish Publication Society Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Psalms 127:1


127:1 Build - Assist and bless those that build it.


Discussion for Psalms 127:1

  • Timothy for verse 1
    To me, this verse is about David asking the Lord to teach him how to war against his enemies and fight them through the power of prayer.
  • John madden for verse 1
    Unless the builds the house or our life it will all be in vain unless he constructs our ways it will be all in vain or useless and fruitless.
  • Mockingbird for verse 1
    By this shall all men know that you are my disciples when you have love one to another : We may not be in agreement in everything : but we can be in unity knowing that we serve our risen Lord Jesus Christ .
  • love this scripture. confirms when asked the question by people why they should go to church.this is one of the reason why. there you will find goodness fellowshiping with like minds.
  • Esther lucy Briggs for verse 1
    it is a verse that humble a soul in Lord in d wisdom of is truth, knwin that when we think that we hard arrived or puff up as we are important, than who we truely are b4 God. Our wisdom,knowledge power are nothing without him God,sufficient is he in all complete. Amen.
  • Emmanuel Karlay for verse 1
    Except and unless we christians allow Jehovah Adonai to be the masterbuilder of of our lives, whatever design, outlook or make we set out to accomplish will amount to nothing fit for eternity. Moreover, only when he keeps constant guard over our lives and all that pertain to us, can we realize true peace, security and protection.

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