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A song of ascents.
1 When the Lord restored(A) the fortunes of[a] Zion,
we were like those who dreamed.[b]
2 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.”
3 The Lord has done great things(E) for us,
and we are filled with joy.(F)
4 Restore our fortunes,[c](G) Lord,
like streams in the Negev.(H)
5 Those who sow with tears(I)
will reap(J) with songs of joy.(K)
6 Those who go out weeping,(L)
carrying seed to sow,
will return with songs of joy,
carrying sheaves with them.
A song of ascents. Of Solomon.
1 Unless the Lord builds(M) the house,
the builders labor in vain.
Unless the Lord watches(N) over the city,
the guards stand watch in vain.
2 In vain you rise early
and stay up late,
toiling for food(O) to eat—
for he grants sleep(P) to[d] those he loves.(Q)
3 Children are a heritage from the Lord,
offspring a reward(R) from him.
4 Like arrows(S) in the hands of a warrior
are children born in one’s youth.
5 Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.(T)
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their opponents(U) in court.(V)