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1 When the LORD changed Zion's circumstances for the better, it was like we had been dreaming.
When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
2 Our mouths were suddenly filled with laughter; our tongues were filled with joyful shouts. It was even said, at that time, among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them!"
Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, "The Lord has done great things for them."
3 Yes, the LORD has done great things for us, and we are overjoyed.
The Lord has done great things for us, and we rejoiced.
4 LORD, change our circumstances for the better, like dry streams in the desert waste!
Restore our fortunes, O Lord, like the watercourses in the Negeb.
5 Let those who plant with tears reap the harvest with joyful shouts.
May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.
6 Let those who go out, crying and carrying their seed, come home with joyful shouts, carrying bales of grain!
Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.
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