1If it is not the Lord that builds a house, the builder is wasting his time. If it is not the Lord that watches over a city, the guards are wasting their time. 2It is a waste of time to get up early and stay up late, trying to make a living. God cares for the people he loves, even while they are sleeping. 3Children are a gift from the Lord. They are a reward from a mother’s body. 4A young man’s sons are like the arrows in a soldier’s arrow bag. 5A man that fills his arrow bag with sons will be very happy. That man will never be defeated. His sons will defend him against his enemies in public places.