Psalm 127:2
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New International Version
In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat-- for he grants sleep to those he loves.


New American Standard Bible
It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.


King James Bible
It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he giveth his beloved sleep.


Holman Christian Standard Bible
In vain you get up early and stay up late, working hard to have enough food-- yes, He gives sleep to the one He loves.


International Standard Version
It is useless to get up early and to stay up late, eating the food of exhausting labor— truly he gives sleep to those he loves.


American Standard Version
It is vain for you to rise up early, To take rest late, To eat the bread of toil; For'so he giveth unto his beloved sleep.


Douay-Rheims Bible
It is vain for you to rise before light, rise ye after you have sitten, you that eat the bread of sorrow. When he shall give sleep to his beloved,


Darby Bible Translation
It is vain for you to rise up early, to lie down late, to eat the bread of sorrows: so to his beloved one he giveth sleep.


Young's Literal Translation
Vain for you who are rising early, Who delay sitting, eating the bread of griefs, So He giveth to His beloved one sleep.
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Anxious Beloved Bread Delay Early Eat Eating Food Gives Grants Late Loves Ones Painful Rest Retire Rise Rising Sit Sitting Sleep Sorrows Toil Toiling Use Vain
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Context
Unless the Lord Builds

1Except the LORD build the house, they labor in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman wakes but in vain. 2It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he gives his beloved sleep. 3See, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward. 4As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are children of the youth. 5Happy is the man that has his quiver full of them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
Cross References
Genesis 3:17
And to Adam he said, Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying, You shall not eat of it: cursed is the ground for your sake; in sorrow shall you eat of it all the days of your life;


Genesis 3:19
In the sweat of your face shall you eat bread, till you return to the ground; for out of it were you taken: for dust you are, and to dust shall you return.


Job 11:18
And you shall be secure, because there is hope; yes, you shall dig about you, and you shall take your rest in safety.


Job 11:19
Also you shall lie down, and none shall make you afraid; yes, many shall make suit to you.


Psalm 39:6
Surely every man walks in a vain show: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heaps up riches, and knows not who shall gather them.


Psalm 60:5
That your beloved may be delivered; save with your right hand, and hear me.


Proverbs 3:24
When you lie down, you shall not be afraid: yes, you shall lie down, and your sleep shall be sweet.


Ecclesiastes 2:23
For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yes, his heart takes not rest in the night. This is also vanity.


Ecclesiastes 5:12
The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.


Ecclesiastes 5:17
All his days also he eats in darkness, and he has much sorrow and wrath with his sickness.


Treasury of Scripture

It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he gives his beloved sleep.

vain

Psalm 39:5,6 Behold, you have made my days as an handbreadth; and my age is as nothing before you...

Ecclesiastes 1:14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11,20-23 I said in my heart, Go to now, I will prove you with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity...

Ecclesiastes 4:8 There is one alone, and there is not a second; yes, he has neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labor...

rise up

Proverbs 31:15-18 She rises also while it is yet night, and gives meat to her household, and a portion to her maidens...

the bread

Genesis 3:17-19 And to Adam he said, Because you have listened to the voice of your wife, and have eaten of the tree, of which I commanded you, saying...

Ecclesiastes 6:7 All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.

for so he

Psalm 3:5 I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustained me.

Psalm 4:8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for you, LORD, only make me dwell in safety.

Ecclesiastes 5:12 The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.

Jeremiah 31:26 On this I awaked, and beheld; and my sleep was sweet to me.

Ezekiel 34:25 And I will make with them a covenant of peace, and will cause the evil beasts to cease out of the land...

Acts 12:5,6 Peter therefore was kept in prison: but prayer was made without ceasing of the church to God for him...

Strong's Concordance
[It is] vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: [for] so he giveth his beloved sleep.
Topical Bible
Anxious Beloved Bread Delay Early Eat Eating Gives Giveth Grants Griefs Labors Late Lie Loved Loves Ones Painful Rest Retire Rise Rising Sit Sitting Sleep Sorrow Sorrows Stay Toil Toiling Vain
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Psalms Chapter 127 Verse 2

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