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 126:1-3 Meaning and Commentary


\\<>\\. 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.

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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