Psalms 126:1-3

A song of ascents.

1 When the LORD restored the fortunes of[a] Zion, we were like those who dreamed.[b]
2 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”
3 The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.

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Psalms 126:1 in Other Translations

KJV
1 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
ESV
1 When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.
NLT
1 When the LORD brought back his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream!
MSG
1 It seemed like a dream, too good to be true, when God returned Zion's exiles.
CSB
1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.

Psalms 126:1-3 Meaning and Commentary

INTRODUCTION TO PSALM 126

\\<>\\. This psalm is generally thought to have been written by Ezra, or some good man returned from the Babylonish captivity, and on account of it: the inscription in the Syriac version of it, besides observing it to be a song of degrees or ascents, and without a name, is, ``it is said of Haggai and Zechariah, who came up out of Babylon with the captives; but spiritually; and it is an expectation of good things to come.'' It may have respect to redemption by the Messiah; and the conversion of the Jews in the latter day.

Psalms 126:1-3 In-Context

1 When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed.
2 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.”
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 6

  • 1. Ezra 1:1-3; Psalms 85:1; Hosea 6:11
  • 2. S Genesis 21:6
  • 3. S Job 8:21; Psalms 51:14; S Psalms 65:8
  • 4. S Deuteronomy 10:21; Psalms 71:19; Luke 1:49
  • 5. Psalms 106:21; Joel 2:21,26
  • 6. S Psalms 9:2; Psalms 16:11; Isaiah 25:9

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Or Lord"brought back the captives to"
  • [b]. Or "those restored to health"
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