Unless the Lord constructs the house

Unless the Lord constructs the house
the builders work in vain;
the Lord alone designs and builds
foundations that remain.

2. Unless the Lord is keeping watch
the city cannot stand;
the sentry guards the gates in vain
without God’s mighty hand.

3. In vain you labour night and day,
by constant care oppressed;
the Lord supplies his loved ones’ needs
and grants them sleep and rest.

4. The Lord designed the family,
providing earthly love;
our children are his heritage,
a gift from heaven above.

5. Like weapons in a warrior’s hand
are those who bear our name;
with them we face a hostile world
assured and free from shame.

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