Psalm 126:5
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New International Version
Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.

New Living Translation
Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy.

English Standard Version
Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!

New American Standard Bible
Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting.

King James Bible
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Those who sow in tears will reap with shouts of joy.

International Standard Version
Those who weep while they plant will sing for joy while they harvest.

NET Bible
Those who shed tears as they plant will shout for joy when they reap the harvest.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Those who sow in tears will reap in joy!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Those who cry while they plant will joyfully sing while they harvest.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Those that sow with tears shall reap with joy.

King James 2000 Bible
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

American King James Version
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

American Standard Version
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

Darby Bible Translation
They that sow in tears shall reap with rejoicing:

English Revised Version
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

Webster's Bible Translation
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

World English Bible
Those who sow in tears will reap in joy.

Young's Literal Translation
Those sowing in tears, with singing do reap,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

126:4-6 The beginnings of mercies encourage us to pray for the completion of them. And while we are in this world there will be matter for prayer, even when we are most furnished with matter for praise. Suffering saints are often in tears; they share the calamities of human life, and commonly have a greater share than others. But they sow in tears; they do the duty of an afflicted state. Weeping must not hinder sowing; we must get good from times of affliction. And they that sow, in the tears of godly sorrow, to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting; and that will be a joyful harvest indeed. Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be for ever comforted. When we mourn for our sins, or suffer for Christ's sake, we are sowing in tears, to reap in joy. And remember that God is not mocked; for whatever a man soweth that shall he reap, Ga 6:7-9. Here, O disciple of Jesus, behold an emblem of thy present labour and future reward; the day is coming when thou shalt reap in joy, plentiful shall be thy harvest, and great shall be thy joy in the Lord.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 5. - They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. Then we, who are now "sowing in tears" (Ezra 3:12, 13; Neb. 1:4), re-establishing Israel in its own land amid grief and pain and distress, shall "reap in joy," see the fruit of our exertions, and rejoice thereat.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. A proverbial expression, encouraging faith in prayer put up for the return of the captivity, whether in a literal or spiritual sense. Praying or seeking the Lord is sowing in righteousness, Hosea 10:12; which is often attended with tears and weeping; the issue of them is not always seen soon: these, like seed, lie buried under the clods, but take effect and will rise up in due time: saints should wait patiently for a return of them, as the husbandman for the fruits of the earth; in due time they will produce a large crop of blessings, a plentiful harvest, which the praying saint will reap with joy; as those that prayed and waited for the redemption in Jerusalem; and as those that pray for the latter day glory, the conversion of the Jews, the fulness of the Gentiles, and the destruction of antichrist; the souls under the altar have been sowing in tears, but before long they will reap in joy, Revelation 6:9. It may be applied to the state and condition of saints in common in this life; now is their sowing time, and careful they should be that they sow not to the flesh, but to the spirit: and a sorrowful time it is, on account of inward corruptions, Satan's temptations, divine desertions, and the imperfection of their services; but before long they will reap life everlasting, reap in joy, and be in the fulness of it; now they weep, then they shall rejoice; now they mourn, then they shall be comforted.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

5, 6. As in husbandry the sower may cast his seed in a dry and parched soil with desponding fears, so those shall reap abundant fruit who toil in tears with the prayer of faith. (Compare the history, Ezr 6:16, 22).

Psalm 126:5 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Lord has Done Great Things for Us
4Restore our captivity, O LORD, As the streams in the South. 5Those who sow in tears shall reap with joyful shouting. 6He 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.
Cross References
Galatians 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.

Psalm 30:5
For his anger lasts only a moment, but his favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may stay for the night, but rejoicing comes in the morning.

Psalm 80:5
You have fed them with the bread of tears; you have made them drink tears by the bowlful.

Psalm 126:6
Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.

Isaiah 35:10
and those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

Isaiah 51:11
Those the LORD has rescued will return. They will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away.

Isaiah 61:7
Instead of your shame you will receive a double portion, and instead of disgrace you will rejoice in your inheritance. And so you will inherit a double portion in your land, and everlasting joy will be yours.

Jeremiah 31:9
They will come with weeping; they will pray as I bring them back. I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble, because I am Israel's father, and Ephraim is my firstborn son.

Jeremiah 31:16
This is what the LORD says: "Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded," declares the LORD. "They will return from the land of the enemy.

Jeremiah 50:4
"In those days, at that time," declares the LORD, "the people of Israel and the people of Judah together will go in tears to seek the LORD their God.

Lamentations 1:2
Bitterly she weeps at night, tears are on her cheeks. Among all her lovers there is no one to comfort her. All her friends have betrayed her; they have become her enemies.
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They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

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Psalm 137:1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yes, we wept, when we …

Isaiah 12:1-3 And in that day you shall say, O LORD, I will praise you: though …

Jeremiah 31:9-13 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them…

Joel 2:17,23 Let the priests, the ministers of the LORD, weep between the porch …

Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

John 16:20-22 Truly, truly, I say to you, That you shall weep and lament, but the …

2 Corinthians 7:8-11 For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though …

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