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Labour in vain (Psalms 127:1)

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bible verse

“Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.” (Psalms 127:1)

meaning

To labour in vain is to do things without achieving much.

origin and application

This quote from Psalms is popular with Christians. This psalm teaches people to set their eyes on God rather than to follow their own ways. Without God’s blessing, there is nothing.
The “house” and “city” are metaphors. Bible commentators generally believe that both metaphors refer to family; that only by relying on God’s blessings can a family be secured and enriched.

example

We fought a good fight and did not labour in vain.

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