Rdwhite asked this on a different thread regarding my statement that children being a heritage from the Lord is different from being a gift: I was thinking of starting a thread on this earlier. I am going out of town for a few days tomorrow (with no laptop) but I'll go ahead and start it anyway. Psalm 127 NKJV The NASB does have "gift" instead of "heritage," but I think "heritage" is more applicable in context (please do not argue Bible versions). "Heritage" is more than a "gift" imo, especially in the OT context of Israel. I think this passage relates to the promises made to Abraham and how the Lord rewarded people in the OT by opening wombs and giving them children (also see Deut 7:13 and Gen 48:4). This is talked about in the OT but not in the NT that I know of. I've been told that "Unless the Lord builds the house" is not talking about a regular house, but the House of David. So the context here is Israel. The second part here about children should be interpreted as part of the first part, not separately. When Christians today say children are a gift from the Lord, they often cite this passage, but I am not sure that is what it is talking about or that it is applicable in the same way. Thoughtful comments are welcomed.