Psalm 126



Zion's Restoration

1 When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion, We were like those who dream.

1 {A Song of degrees.} When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

1 When the LORD brought back Zion's exiles, we were like dreamers.

1 When the Lord brought back the captives [who returned] to Zion, we were like those who dream [it seemed so unreal].

2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter And our tongue with joyful shouting; Then they said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them."

2 Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.

2 Then our mouths were filled with laughter, and our tongues formed joyful shouts. Then it was said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them."

2 Then were our mouths filled with laughter, and our tongues with singing. Then they said among the nations, The Lord has done great things for them.

3 The LORD has done great things for us; We are glad.

3 The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.

3 The great things that the LORD has done for us gladden us.

3 The Lord has done great things for us! We are glad!

4 Restore our captivity, O LORD, As the streams in the South.

4 Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south.

4 Restore our exiles, LORD, like the streams of the Negev.

4 Turn to freedom our captivity and restore our fortunes, O Lord, as the streams in the South (the Negeb) [are restored by the torrents].

5 Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.

5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

5 Those who weep while they plant will sing for joy while they harvest.

5 They who sow in tears shall reap in joy and singing.

6 He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed, Shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.

6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

6 The one who goes out weeping, carrying a bag of seeds, will surely return with a joyful song, bearing sheaves from his harvest. A Solomonic Song of Ascents

6 He who goes forth bearing seed and weeping [at needing his precious supply of grain for sowing] shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.



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