1 [A Song of Degrees.] When the LORD turned back the captivity of Zion, we were like those who dream.
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter and our tongue with singing. Then they said among the heathen, "The LORD has done great things for them."
3 The LORD has done great things for us, of which we are glad.
4 Turn back our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south.
5 Those who sow in tears shall reap in joy.
6 He who goes forth and weeps, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless return with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.