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)

Restore our fortunes,[c](G) Lord,
    like streams in the Negev.(H)
Those who sow with tears(I)
    will reap(J) with songs of joy.(K)
Those who go out weeping,(L)
    carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
    carrying sheaves with them.


  1. Psalm 126:1 Or Lord brought back the captives to
  2. Psalm 126:1 Or those restored to health
  3. Psalm 126:4 Or Bring back our captives

12 Then Jeremiah said to all the officials(A) and all the people: “The Lord sent me to prophesy(B) against this house and this city all the things you have heard.(C) 13 Now reform(D) your ways and your actions and obey(E) the Lord your God. Then the Lord will relent(F) and not bring the disaster he has pronounced against you. 14 As for me, I am in your hands;(G) do with me whatever you think is good and right. 15 Be assured, however, that if you put me to death, you will bring the guilt of innocent blood(H) on yourselves and on this city and on those who live in it, for in truth the Lord has sent me to you to speak all these words(I) in your hearing.”

16 Then the officials(J) and all the people said to the priests and the prophets, “This man should not be sentenced to death!(K) He has spoken to us in the name of the Lord our God.”

17 Some of the elders of the land stepped forward and said to the entire assembly of people, 18 “Micah(L) of Moresheth prophesied in the days of Hezekiah king of Judah. He told all the people of Judah, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says:

“‘Zion(M) will be plowed like a field,
    Jerusalem will become a heap of rubble,(N)
    the temple hill(O) a mound overgrown with thickets.’[a](P)

19 “Did Hezekiah king of Judah or anyone else in Judah put him to death? Did not Hezekiah(Q) fear the Lord and seek(R) his favor? And did not the Lord relent,(S) so that he did not bring the disaster(T) he pronounced against them? We are about to bring a terrible disaster(U) on ourselves!”

20 (Now Uriah son of Shemaiah from Kiriath Jearim(V) was another man who prophesied in the name of the Lord; he prophesied the same things against this city and this land as Jeremiah did. 21 When King Jehoiakim(W) and all his officers and officials(X) heard his words, the king was determined to put him to death.(Y) But Uriah heard of it and fled(Z) in fear to Egypt. 22 King Jehoiakim, however, sent Elnathan(AA) son of Akbor to Egypt, along with some other men. 23 They brought Uriah out of Egypt and took him to King Jehoiakim, who had him struck down with a sword(AB) and his body thrown into the burial place of the common people.)(AC)

24 Furthermore, Ahikam(AD) son of Shaphan supported Jeremiah, and so he was not handed over to the people to be put to death.

Read full chapter


  1. Jeremiah 26:18 Micah 3:12

Jesus Like Melchizedek

11 If perfection could have been attained through the Levitical priesthood—and indeed the law given to the people(A) established that priesthood—why was there still need for another priest to come,(B) one in the order of Melchizedek,(C) not in the order of Aaron? 12 For when the priesthood is changed, the law must be changed also. 13 He of whom these things are said belonged to a different tribe,(D) and no one from that tribe has ever served at the altar.(E) 14 For it is clear that our Lord descended from Judah,(F) and in regard to that tribe Moses said nothing about priests. 15 And what we have said is even more clear if another priest like Melchizedek appears, 16 one who has become a priest not on the basis of a regulation as to his ancestry but on the basis of the power of an indestructible life. 17 For it is declared:

“You are a priest forever,
    in the order of Melchizedek.”[a](G)

18 The former regulation is set aside because it was weak and useless(H) 19 (for the law made nothing perfect),(I) and a better hope(J) is introduced, by which we draw near to God.(K)

20 And it was not without an oath! Others became priests without any oath, 21 but he became a priest with an oath when God said to him:

“The Lord has sworn
    and will not change his mind:(L)
    ‘You are a priest forever.’”[b](M)

22 Because of this oath, Jesus has become the guarantor of a better covenant.(N)

Read full chapter


  1. Hebrews 7:17 Psalm 110:4
  2. Hebrews 7:21 Psalm 110:4

Bible Gateway Recommends