A Song of Ascents.
1When the Lord restored the captives of Zion,
we were like those who dream.
2#Ps 63:1; 84:2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with singing.
Then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
3#Ps 79:10; 80:5 The Lord has done great things for us;
we are glad.
4#Isa 30:29; Ps 62:8 Restore our captives, O Lord,
as the streams in the Negev.
5#Ps 42:11; 43:5 Those who sow in tears
shall reap in joy.
6#2Sa 17:22; Dt 3:8–9 He who goes forth and weeps,
bearing precious seed to sow,
shall come home again with rejoicing,
bringing his grain sheaves with him.