A Prayer for Restoration
A song of ascents.#The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm
1When Yahweh restored the fortunes#Or “captivity” of Zion,#Or “those returned of belonging to Zion”
we were like dreamers.
2Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with rejoicing.
Then they said among the nations,
“Yahweh has done great things for these people.”
3Yahweh has done great things for us;
we are glad.
4Restore, O Yahweh, our fortunes#Or “captivity”
like the streams in the Negeb.#Or “South”
5Those who sow with tears
shall reap with rejoicing.
6He who diligently goes out with weeping,
carrying the seed bag,
shall certainly come in with rejoicing,
carrying his sheaves.