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.
The king is not saved by a mighty army; A warrior is not delivered by great strength.
The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD directs his steps.
There is no wisdom and no understanding And no counsel against the LORD.
So then neither the one who plants nor the one who waters is anything, but God who causes the growth.
"Consider now, for the LORD has chosen you to build a house for the sanctuary; be courageous and act."
Then David said to his son Solomon, "Be strong and courageous, and act; do not fear nor be dismayed, for the LORD God, my God, is with you He will not fail you nor forsake you until all the work for the service of the house of the LORD is finished.
and give to my son Solomon a perfect heart to keep Your commandments, Your testimonies and Your statutes, and to do them all, and to build the temple, for which I have made provision."
And He built His sanctuary like the heights, Like the earth which He has founded forever.
In my trouble I cried to the LORD, And He answered me.
I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come?
He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber.
I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the LORD."
To You I lift up my eyes, O You who are enthroned in the heavens!
"Had it not been the LORD who was on our side," Let Israel now say,
When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion, We were like those who dream.
I again saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift and the battle is not to the warriors, and neither is bread to the wise nor wealth to the discerning nor favor to men of ability; for time and chance overtake them all.
Lift up a signal against the walls of Babylon; Post a strong guard, Station sentries, Place men in ambush! For the LORD has both purposed and performed What He spoke concerning the inhabitants of Babylon.
and said to him, "Run, speak to that young man, saying, 'Jerusalem will be inhabited without walls because of the multitude of men and cattle within it.
For we are God's fellow workers; you are God's field, God's building.
'He shall build a house for My name, and he shall be My son and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.'
Give the king Your judgments, O God, And Your righteousness to the king's son.
Those who trust in the LORD Are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever.
"The watchmen who make the rounds in the city found me, And I said, 'Have you seen him whom my soul loves?'
"The watchmen who make the rounds in the city found me, They struck me and wounded me; The guardsmen of the walls took away my shawl from me.
They set the table, they spread out the cloth, they eat, they drink; "Rise up, captains, oil the shields,"
"I, the LORD, am its keeper; I water it every moment So that no one will damage it, I guard it night and day.
His watchmen are blind, All of them know nothing. All of them are mute dogs unable to bark, Dreamers lying down, who love to slumber;
On your walls, O Jerusalem, I have appointed watchmen; All day and all night they will never keep silent You who remind the LORD, take no rest for yourselves;
One courier runs to meet another, And one messenger to meet another, To tell the king of Babylon That his city has been captured from end to end;
"Son of man, speak to the sons of your people and say to them, 'If I bring a sword upon a land, and the people of the land take one man from among them and make him their watchman,
and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.
I fear for you, that perhaps I have labored over you in vain.