The best reward of one’s labor
In this sexist language, the psalmist says that the best reward of a man’s labor is his sons. If we translate this psalm in a more inclusive language, the best reward of parents is their children. Children are gifts from God. They are in different shapes and sizes but all are precious. Thanks Be to God!
“Unless the Lord builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the Lord guards the city, the guard keeps watch in vain. It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives sleep to his beloved. Sons are indeed a heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons of one’s youth. Happy is the man who has his quiver full of them. He shall not be put to shame when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.”