21     Do not be afraid,(A) land of Judah;
    be glad and rejoice.(B)
Surely the Lord has done great things!(C)

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“Do not be afraid;(A) you will not be put to shame.(B)
    Do not fear disgrace;(C) you will not be humiliated.
You will forget the shame of your youth(D)
    and remember no more the reproach(E) of your widowhood.(F)

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16 On that day
    they will say to Jerusalem,
“Do not fear, Zion;
    do not let your hands hang limp.(A)
17 The Lord your God is with you,
    the Mighty Warrior who saves.(B)
He will take great delight(C) in you;
    in his love he will no longer rebuke you,(D)
    but will rejoice over you with singing.”(E)

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10 So do not fear,(A) for I am with you;(B)
    do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen(C) you and help(D) you;
    I will uphold you(E) with my righteous right hand.(F)

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Psalm 126

A song of ascents.

When the Lord restored(A) the fortunes of[a] Zion,
    we were like those who dreamed.[b]
Our mouths were filled with laughter,(B)
    our tongues with songs of joy.(C)
Then it was said among the nations,
    “The Lord has done great things(D) for them.”
The Lord has done great things(E) for us,
    and we are filled with joy.(F)

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 126:1 Or Lord brought back the captives to
  2. Psalm 126:1 Or those restored to health

15 “so now I have determined to do good(A) again to Jerusalem and Judah.(B) Do not be afraid.

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20 “I will drive the northern horde(A) far from you,
    pushing it into a parched and barren land;
its eastern ranks will drown in the Dead Sea
    and its western ranks in the Mediterranean Sea.
And its stench(B) will go up;
    its smell will rise.”

Surely he has done great things!

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‘Call(A) to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable(B) things you do not know.’

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Joy of the Redeemed

35 The desert(A) and the parched land will be glad;
    the wilderness will rejoice and blossom.(B)
Like the crocus,(C)

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16 “Now then, stand still(A) and see(B) this great thing the Lord is about to do before your eyes!

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Instead, they will serve the Lord their God
    and David(A) their king,(B)
    whom I will raise up for them.

10 “‘So do not be afraid,(C) Jacob my servant;(D)
    do not be dismayed, Israel,’
declares the Lord.
‘I will surely save(E) you out of a distant place,
    your descendants from the land of their exile.
Jacob will again have peace and security,(F)
    and no one will make him afraid.(G)

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12 The grasslands of the wilderness overflow;(A)
    the hills are clothed with gladness.(B)
13 The meadows are covered with flocks(C)
    and the valleys are mantled with grain;(D)
    they shout for joy and sing.(E)

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24 But be sure to fear(A) the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart;(B) consider(C) what great(D) things he has done for you.

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The Lord Is God

32 Ask(A) now about the former days, long before your time, from the day God created human beings on the earth;(B) ask from one end of the heavens to the other.(C) Has anything so great(D) as this ever happened, or has anything like it ever been heard of?

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Let the rivers clap their hands,(A)
    let the mountains(B) sing together for joy;

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21 “In that day I will respond,”
    declares the Lord
“I will respond(A) to the skies,
    and they will respond to the earth;

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12 You will go out in joy(A)
    and be led forth in peace;(B)
the mountains and hills
    will burst into song(C) before you,
and all the trees(D) of the field
    will clap their hands.(E)

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23 Sing for joy,(A) you heavens, for the Lord has done this;
    shout aloud, you earth(B) beneath.
Burst into song, you mountains,(C)
    you forests and all your trees,(D)
for the Lord has redeemed(E) Jacob,
    he displays his glory(F) in Israel.

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11 Let the heavens rejoice,(A) let the earth be glad;(B)
    let the sea resound, and all that is in it.
12 Let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them;
    let all the trees of the forest(C) sing for joy.(D)

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