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Those Who Sow in Tears Shall Reap with Joy

A Song of Ascents.

126 When Yahweh [a](A)returned [b]the captive ones of Zion,
We were (B)like those who dream.
Then our (C)mouth was filled with laughter
And our (D)tongue with shouts of joy;
Then they said among the nations,
“Yahweh has (E)done great things for them.”
Yahweh has done great things for us;
We are (F)glad.

Restore our captivity, O Yahweh,
As the [c](G)streams in the Negev.
Those who sow in (H)tears shall reap with (I)shouts of joy.
He who goes to and fro weeping, carrying his bag of seed,
Shall indeed come again with a shout of joy, carrying his sheaves with him.


  1. Psalm 126:1 Or restored, cf. Ps 126:4
  2. Psalm 126:1 Or those who returned to
  3. Psalm 126:4 Lit stream-beds