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Restore Our Fortunes, O Lord

1 A Song of Ascents. When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
2 Then 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.”
3 The Lord has done great things for us; we are glad.
4 Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like streams in the Negeb!
5 Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!
6 He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.

A song of ascents.

1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of1 Zion, we were like those who dreamed.2
2 Our 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.”
3 The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.
4 Restore our fortunes,3Lord, like streams in the Negev.
5 Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.
6 Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.
1 Or Lord brought back the captives to
2 Or those restored to health
3 Or Bring back our captives
1 A Song of degrees. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
2 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.
3 The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
4 Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south.
5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him .
1 Or Lord brought back the captives to
2 Or those restored to health
3 Or Bring back our captives
1 Our enemies took us away from Zion. But when the Lord brought us home, it seemed like a dream to us.
2 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.”
3 The Lord has done great things for us. And we are filled with joy.
4 Lord, bless us with great success again, as rain makes streams flow in the Negev Desert.
5 Those who cry as they plant their crops will sing with joy when they gather them in.
6 Those who go out sobbing as they carry seeds to plant will come back singing with joy. They will bring the new crop back with them.
1 Or Lord brought back the captives to
2 Or those restored to health
3 Or Bring back our captives
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