Psalm 126
International Standard Version

A Song of Ascents

The Exiles Restored

1When the LORD brought back Zion’s exiles,a

we were like dreamers.b

2Then 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.”

3The great things that the LORD has done for us

gladden us.

4Restore our exiles,c LORD,

like the streams of the Negev.d

5Those who weep while they plant

will sing for joy while they harvest.

6The one who goes out weeping,e

carrying a bag of seeds,

will surely return with a joyful song,

bearing sheaves from his harvest.f


Footnotes:
a 126:1 Or fortunes
b 126:1 So MT; LXX DSS11QPsa read were restored
c 126:4 Or fortunes
d 126:4 i.e. the southern regions of the Sinai peninsula; cf. Josh 10:40
e 126:6 So MT and DSS 11QPs (corrected); LXX DSS 11QPs (original) read out and weeps
f 126:6 The Heb. lacks harvest



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