Psalm 126 – New International Version (NIV)

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.
  4. Restore our fortunes,[c] 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.


a. Psalm 126:1 Or Lord brought back the captives to
b. Psalm 126:1 Or those restored to health
c. Psalm 126:4 Or Bring back our captives

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Psalm 126 – King James Version (KJV)

A Song of degrees.

  1. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, We were like them that dream.
  2. Then was our mouth filled with laughter, And our tongue with singing: Then said they among the heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.
  3. The LORD hath done great things for us; Whereof we are glad.
  4. Turn again our captivity, O LORD, As the streams in the south.
  5. They that sow in tears Shall reap in joy.
  6. He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, Shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.