A song ·for going up to worship [of ascents; C perhaps sung while traveling to Jerusalem to celebrate an annual religious festival like Passover].
126 When the Lord ·brought the prisoners back to [brought back those who returned to; or restored the fortunes of] Jerusalem [L Zion; C probably the return from the exile; 2 Chr. 36:22–23; Ezra 1], it seemed as if we were dreaming [C so surprised and happy that it did not seem real]. 2 Then ·we [L our mouths] were filled with laughter, and ·we [L our tongues] ·sang happy songs [shouted joyfully]. Then the other nations said, “The Lord has done great things for them.” 3 The Lord has done great things for us, and we ·are very glad [rejoice].
4 Lord, ·return our prisoners [bring back those who return; or restore our fortunes] again, as you bring streams to the ·desert [L Negev; C an arid area in the south of Israel]. 5 Those who cry as they ·plant crops [sow; plant seed] will ·sing [shout for joy] at harvest time. 6 Those who ·cry [L go out weeping] as they carry out the ·seeds [L bag with seeds] will return singing and carrying ·bundles of grain [sheaves].
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