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Psalm 126:5

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

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They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
Those who sow in tears shall reap with shouts of joy!
Those who plant in tears will harvest with shouts of joy.

What does Psalm 126:5 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
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.

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