Zion's Restoration

1 A Song of Ascents.When the Lord (A)brought back (a)the captive ones of Zion,We were (B)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 A song of ascents.When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,(a)we were like those who dream.(A)

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

1 When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion (Jerusalem),We were like those who dream [it seemed so unreal].(A)

2 Then our (C)mouth was filled with laughterAnd our (D)tongue with joyful shouting;Then they said among the nations,“The Lord has (E)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 Our mouths were filled with laughter then,(B)and our tongues with shouts of joy.(C)Then they said among the nations,“The Lord has done great things for them.”(D)

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 our mouth was filled with laughterAnd our tongue with joyful shouting;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 (F)glad.

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

3 The Lord had done great things for us;we were joyful.(E)

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 (b)(G)streams in the (c)South.

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

4 Restore our fortunes,(b) Lord,like watercourses in the Negev.(F)

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

4 Restore our (a)captivity, O Lord,As the stream-beds in the South (the Negev) [are restored by torrents of rain].

5 Those who sow in (H)tears shall reap with (I)joyful shouting.

5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

5 Those who sow in tearswill reap with shouts of joy.(G)

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

5 They who sow in tears shall reap with joyful 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 Though one goes along weeping,carrying the bag of seed,he will surely come back with shouts of joy,carrying his sheaves.(H)

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 back and forth weeping, carrying his bag of seed [for planting],Will indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.

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