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Date: 30 B.C. - 68 A.D.
Location: Qumran Cave 1
Contents: Psalms 126:6; 127; 128:2-3
6 He who goes out weeping, carrying seed for sowing,
will certainly come again with joy, carrying his sheaves.
A Song of Ascents. By Solomon.
1 Unless Yahweh builds the house,
they labor in vain who build it.
Unless Yahweh watches over the city,
the watchman guards it in vain.
2 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.
3 Behold, children are a heritage of Yahweh.
The fruit of the womb is his reward.
4 As arrows in the hand of a mighty man,
so are the children of youth.
5 Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them.
They wont be disappointed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.
2 For you will eat the labor of your hands.
You will be happy, and it will be well with you.
3 Your wife will be as a fruitful vine,
in the innermost parts of your house;
your children like olive plants,
around your table.
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