Zion's Restoration

A song of ascents.

1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,a we were like those who dream.
2 Our mouths were filled with laughter then, and our tongues with shouts of joy. Then they said among the nations, "The Lord has done great things for them."
3 The Lord had done great things for us; we were joyful.
4 Restore our fortunes,b Lord, like watercourses in the Negev.c
5 Those who sow in tears will reap with shouts of joy.
6 Though one goes along weeping, carrying the bag of seed, he will surely come back with shouts of joy, carrying his sheaves.