1 A song of the degrees. When the Lord bringeth back again the captivity of Zion, then shall we be like dreamers.
2 Then shall our mouth be filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then shall they say among the nations, Great things hath the Lord done for these.
3 Great things would the Lord have done for us, whereat we should be joyful.
4 Bring back again, O Lord, our captivity, like rivulets in arid land.
5 Those that sow in tears shall reap with joyful song.
6 He goeth forth indeed and weepeth, that beareth the seed for sowing; but he will surely come with joyful song when he beareth home his sheaves.