1A Song of Ascents. When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. (Ps 14:7; Ps 120:1; Ac 12:9)2Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then they said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” (Job 8:21; Ps 71:19)3The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad.4Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negeb!5Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy! (Ezr 6:22; Ne 12:43; Jer 31:9; Hag 2:3; Ga 6:9)6He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.
New International Version
A song of ascents.
1When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed.2Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, ‘The Lord has done great things for them.’3The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.4Restore our fortunes, Lord, like streams in the Negev.5Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.6Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.
King James Version
1A Song of degrees. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.2Then 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.3The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.4Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south.5They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.6He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him .
New International Reader’s Version
A song for those who go up to Jerusalem to worship the Lord.
1Our enemies took us away from Zion. But when the LORD brought us home, it seemed like a dream to us.2Our 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.’3The LORD has done great things for us. And we are filled with joy.4LORD, bless us with great success again, as rain makes streams flow in the Negev Desert.5Those who cry as they plant their crops will sing with joy when they gather them in.6Those 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.