Psalms 126:5

5 Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy.

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Psalms 126:5 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
English Standard Version (ESV)
5 Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!
New Living Translation (NLT)
5 Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy.
The Message Bible (MSG)
5 So those who planted their crops in despair will shout hurrahs at the harvest,
American Standard Version (ASV)
5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
5 Those who cry while they plant will joyfully sing while they harvest.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
5 Those who sow in tears will reap with shouts of joy.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
5 Those who cry as they plant their crops will sing with joy when they gather them in.

Psalms 126:5 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 126:5

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
] A proverbial expression, encouraging faith in prayer put up for the return of the captivity, whether in a literal or spiritual sense. Praying or seeking the Lord is sowing in righteousness, ( Hosea 10:12 ) ; which is often attended with tears and weeping; the issue of them is not always seen soon: these, like seed, lie buried under the clods, but take effect and will rise up in due time: saints should wait patiently for a return of them, as the husbandman for the fruits of the earth; in due time they will produce a large crop of blessings, a plentiful harvest, which the praying saint will reap with joy; as those that prayed and waited for the redemption in Jerusalem; and as those that pray for the latter day glory, the conversion of the Jews, the fulness of the Gentiles, and the destruction of antichrist; the souls under the altar have been sowing in tears, but before long they will reap in joy, ( Revelation 6:9 ) ( Revelation 19:1 Revelation 19:2 ) . It may be applied to the state and condition of saints in common in this life; now is their sowing time, and careful they should be that they sow not to the flesh, but to the spirit: and a sorrowful time it is, on account of inward corruptions, Satan's temptations, divine desertions, and the imperfection of their services; but before long they will reap life everlasting, reap in joy, and be in the fulness of it; now they weep, then they shall rejoice; now they mourn, then they shall be comforted.

Psalms 126:5 In-Context

3 The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.
4 Restore our fortunes,LORD, 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.

Cross References 3

  • 1. Psalms 6:6; Psalms 80:5; Jeremiah 50:4
  • 2. Galatians 6:9
  • 3. Psalms 16:11; Psalms 20:5; Psalms 23:6; Isaiah 35:10; Isaiah 51:11; Isaiah 60:15; Isaiah 61:7; Jer 31:6-7,12
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