King James Version

Psalm 126

1When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the heathen, The Lord hath done great things for them.

The Lord hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.

Turn again our captivity, O Lord, as the streams in the south.

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 126

Psalm 126

A song for those who go up to Jerusalem to worship the Lord.

Our enemies took us away from Zion.
    But when the Lord brought us home,
    it seemed like a dream to us.
Our mouths were filled with laughter.
    Our tongues sang with joy.
Then the people of other nations said,
    “The Lord has done great things for them.”
The Lord has done great things for us.
    And we are filled with joy.

Lord, bless us with great success again,
    as rain makes streams flow in the Negev Desert.
Those who cry as they plant their crops
    will sing with joy when they gather them in.
Those who go out weeping
    as they carry seeds to plant
will come back singing with joy.
    They will bring the new crop back with them.