Psalm 126

1    When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,  

then were we like those who dream.

2    Then was our mouth filled with laughter  

and our tongue with songs of joy.

3    Then said they among the nations,  

‘The Lord has done great things for them.’

4    The Lord has indeed done great things for us,  

and therefore we rejoiced.

   Restore again our fortunes, O Lord,  

as the river beds of the desert.

6    Those who sow in tears  

shall reap with songs of joy.

7    Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed,  

will come back with shouts of joy,

    bearing their sheaves with them.


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