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Psalm 126:1 ASV
When Jehovah brought back those that returned to Zion, We were like unto them that dream.
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Psalm 126:1 CEB
When the LORD changed Zion's circumstances for the better, it was like we had been dreaming.
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Psalm 126:1 CJB
A song of ascents: When ADONAI restored Tziyon's fortunes, we thought we were dreaming.
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Psalm 126:1 RHE
(125-1) <A gradual canticle.> When the Lord brought back the captivity of Sion, we became like men comforted.
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Psalm 126:1 ESV
When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
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Psalm 126:1 GW
When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, it was as if we were dreaming.
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Psalm 126:1 GNT
When the Lord brought us back to Jerusalem, it was like a dream!
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Psalm 126:1 CSB
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
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Psalm 126:1 KJV
When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream .
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Psalm 126:1 LEB
When Yahweh restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like dreamers.
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Psalm 126:1 NAS
When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion, We were like those who dream.
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Psalm 126:1 NCV
When the Lord brought the prisoners back to Jerusalem, it seemed as if we were dreaming.
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Psalm 126:1 NIRV
Our enemies took us away from Zion. But when the LORD brought us home, it seemed like a dream to us.
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Psalm 126:1 NIV
When the LORD brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed.
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Psalm 126:1 NKJV
A Song of Ascents. When the Lord brought back the captivity of Zion, We were like those who dream.
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Psalm 126:1 NLT
A song for the ascent to Jerusalem. When the LORD restored his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream!
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Psalm 126:1 NRS
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
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Psalm 126:1 RSV
A Song of Ascents. When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
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Psalm 126:1 DBY
{A Song of degrees.} When Jehovah turned the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
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Psalm 126:1 MSG
It seemed like a dream, too good to be true, when God returned Zion's exiles.
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Psalm 126:1 WBT
A Song of degrees. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
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Psalm 126:1 TNIV
When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed.
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Psalm 126:1 WYC
The song of degrees. When the Lord turned the captivity of Zion; we were made as comforted. (When the Lord returned the captives to Zion/When the Lord returned prosperity to Zion; we were made like in a dream.)
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Psalm 126:1 YLT
A Song of the Ascents. In Jehovah's turning back [to] the captivity of Zion, We have been as dreamers.
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Psalms 126 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 126

Those returned out of captivity are to be thankful. (1-3) Those yet in captivity are encouraged. (4-6)

Verses 1-3 It is good to observe how God's deliverances of the church are for us, that we may rejoice in them. And how ought redemption from the wrath to come, from the power of sin and of Satan, to be valued! The sinner convinced of his guilt and danger, when by looking to a crucified Saviour he receives peace to his conscience, and power to break off his sins, often can scarcely believe that the prospect which opens to him is a reality.

Verses 4-6 The beginnings of mercies encourage us to pray for the completion of them. And while we are in this world there will be matter for prayer, even when we are most furnished with matter for praise. Suffering saints are often in tears; they share the calamities of human life, and commonly have a greater share than others. But they sow in tears; they do the duty of an afflicted state. Weeping must not hinder sowing; we must get good from times of affliction. And they that sow, in the tears of godly sorrow, to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting; and that will be a joyful harvest indeed. Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be for ever comforted. When we mourn for our sins, or suffer for Christ's sake, we are sowing in tears, to reap in joy. And remember that God is not mocked; for whatever a man soweth that shall he reap, Ga. 6:7-9 . Here, O disciple of Jesus, behold an emblem of thy present labour and future reward; the day is coming when thou shalt reap in joy, plentiful shall be thy harvest, and great shall be thy joy in the Lord.

Psalms 126 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

PSALM 126

Psalms 126:1-6 . To praise for God's favor to His people is added a prayer for its continued manifestation.

1-3. When the Lord, &c.--The joy of those returned from Babylon was ecstatic, and elicited the admiration even of the heathen, as illustrating God's great power and goodness.
turned again the captivity--that is, restored from it ( Job 39:12 , Psalms 14:7 , Proverbs 12:14 ). HENGSTENBERG translates: "When the Lord turned Himself to the turning of Zion" (see Margin), God returns to His people when they return to Him ( Deuteronomy 30:2 Deuteronomy 30:3 ).

4. All did not return at once; hence the prayer for repeated favors.
as the streams in the south--or, the torrents in the desert south of Judea, dependent on rain ( Joshua 15:9 ), reappearing after dry seasons (compare Job 6:15 , Psalms 68:9 ). The point of comparison is joy at the reappearing of what has been so painfully missed.

5, 6. As in husbandry the sower may cast his seed in a dry and parched soil with desponding fears, so those shall reap abundant fruit who toil in tears with the prayer of faith. (Compare the history, Ezra 6:16 Ezra 6:22 ).

6. He that goeth forth--literally, better, "He goes--he comes, he comes," &c. The repetition implies there is no end of weeping here, as there shall be no end of joy hereafter ( Isaiah 35:10 ).
precious seed--rather, seed to be drawn from the seed box for sowing; literally, "seed-draught." Compare on this Psalm, Jeremiah 31:9 , &c.