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A Song of degrees. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
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.
The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south.
They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

126:1 turned again the captivity. This psalm may have been written after the Babylonian captivity, but also could well refer to the long siege of Jerusalem by Sennacherib. This was the occasion of God’s miraculous deliverance which just preceded the miracle of the sun dial’s shadow (Isaiah 37:36-38). The entire psalm is best understood in the context of this great deliverance and the resultant joy of the people.

126:6 precious seed. The seed, spiritually speaking, is the word of God (Luke 8:11; I Peter 1:23).

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