1 «A Song of degrees.» When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them thatTheir deliverance was incredible and therefore took away all excuse for ingratitude.dream.
2 Then was our mouthHe shows how the godly should rejoice when God gathers his Church or delivers it.filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among theIf the infidels confess God's wonderful work, the faithful can never show themselves sufficiently thankful.heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.
3 The Lord hath done great things for vs, whereof we reioyce.
4 Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as theIt is no more impossible for God to deliver his people than to cause the rivers to run in the wilderness and barren places.streams in the south.
5 They that sowe in teares, shall reape in ioy.
6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearingThat is, seed which was scarce and dear: meaning, that they who trusted in God's promise to return had their desire.precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves [with him].