1. Unless our Sovereign builds the house
The builders labor all in vain
Unless Almighty God keeps watch
All other guards keep watch in vain

2. In vain we rise in morning’s light
And labor long before we cease
We eat the bread of anxious toil
God labors while we rest in peace

The Lord will fight for us
And we will praise
And as His kingdom comes
We’ll stand amazed 

The Lord will fight for us
Our strivings cease
And while He labors on
We rest in peace

3. Our sons are God’s inheritance
Our daughters are rewards of grace
Like arrows in a warrior’s hand
Are children born in youthful days

4. Bless’d is the one whose quiver brims
With arrows for the day of war
They will not know defeat or shame
But victory on Satan’s shore