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"EXCEPT THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE"

From the May 1941 issue of The Christian Science Journal


In a time when greed, cruelty, tyranny, and strife for place and power seem to dominate the affairs of mankind, it is well frequently to remind ourselves that though we seek to build to the skies, the building can have neither value nor permanence unless founded on the qualities of God—honesty, justice, integrity, and brotherly love. The Psalmist voiced a great and eternal truth when he said, "Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.