Parallel Verses

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.

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 Version

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 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.

A Conservative Version

It is vain for you to rise up early, to take rest late, to eat the bread of toil, [for] so he gives sleep to his beloved.

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.

Amplified

It is vain for you to rise up early, to take rest late, to eat the bread of [anxious] toil -- "for He gives [blessings] to His beloved in sleep.

Darby 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.

Jubilee 2000 Bible

It is vain for you to rise up early, to come home late, to eat the bread of sorrows, because he shall give his beloved sleep.

Julia Smith Translation

In vain for you rising early to arise from after sitting; eating the bread of toils: so will he give to his beloved sleep.

King James 2000

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.

Lexham Expanded Bible

[It is] in vain for you who rise early [and] sit late, eating the bread of anxious toil, [when] thus he provides for his beloved in [his] sleep.

Modern King James verseion

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.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

It is but lost labour that ye rise up early, and take no rest, but eat the bread of carefulness; for so he giveth his beloved sleep.

NET Bible

It is vain for you to rise early, come home late, and work so hard for your food. Yes, he can provide for those whom he loves even when they sleep.

New Heart English Bible

It 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.

Webster

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

World English Bible

It 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.

Youngs 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.

References

Images Psalm 127:2

Prayers for Psalm 127:2

Context Readings

The Blessing Of The Lord

1 Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor uselessly. Unless the LORD guards the city, its security forces keep watch uselessly. 2 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. 3 Children are a gift from the LORD; a productive womb, the LORD's reward.


Cross References

Ecclesiastes 5:12

Sweet is the sleep of a working man, whether he eats a little or a lot, but the excess wealth of the rich will not allow him to rest.

Genesis 3:17-19

He told the man, "Because you have listened to what your wife said, and have eaten from the tree about which I commanded you, "You must not eat from it,' cursed is the ground because of you. You'll eat from it through pain-filled labor for the rest of your life.

Job 11:18

You'll be secure, because there is hope; you'll see that you're at rest and safe.

Psalm 3:5

I lie down and sleep, I wake up, because the LORD sustains me.

Psalm 4:8

I will lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, LORD, enable me to live securely. To the Director: For flutes. A Davidic Psalm

Psalm 39:5-6

Look, you have made my life span fit in your hand; It is nothing compared to yours. Surely every person at their best is a puff of wind. Interlude

Psalm 60:5

So your loved ones may be delivered, save us by your power and answer us quickly!

Proverbs 31:15-18

She rises while it is still night, preparing meals for her family and providing for her women servants.

Ecclesiastes 1:14

I observed every activity done on earth. My conclusion: all of it is pointless like chasing after the wind.

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11

I told myself, "I will test you with pleasure, so enjoy yourself." But this was pointless.

Ecclesiastes 2:20-23

So I came to be in despair about everything I had accomplished on earth.

Ecclesiastes 4:8

Consider someone who is alone, having neither son nor brother. There is no end to all of his work, and he is never satisfied with wealth. "So for whom do I work," he asks, "and deprive myself of pleasure?" This, too, is pointless and a terrible tragedy.

Ecclesiastes 6:7

Every person works for his own self-interests, but his desires remain unsatisfied.

Jeremiah 31:26

Then I awoke and looked around, and I had had a pleasant sleep.

Ezekiel 34:25

"I'm going to enter into a covenant with them, one of peace, and I'll eliminate wild beasts from the land so they can live securely in the wilderness and sleep in the forests.

Acts 12:5-6

So Peter was kept in prison, but earnest prayer to God for him was being offered by the assembly.

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