This is a minor adaptation of the WEB
to include nuanced meanings of particular ancient words for placenames,
God and others of special interest. In general square brackets: are
used to indicated words not found in the original text. It also indicates
the 5 books of the Psalms; and a few passages considered by some to be
of questionable authenticity.
A Song of Ascents. By Solomon. 1Unless TheIAM builds the house, they labor in vain who build it. Unless TheIAM watches over the city, the watchman guards it in vain. 2It is vain for you to rise up early, to stay up late, eating the bread of toil; for he gives sleep to his loved ones. 3Behold, children are a heritage of TheIAM. The fruit of the womb is his reward. 4As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, so are the children of youth. 5Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them. They won't be disappointed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.