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Zion’s Captives Restored
A song of ascents.
1When the LORD restored the captives of Zion, a
we were like dreamers. b
2 Then our mouths were filled with laughter,
our tongues with shouts 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;
we are filled with joy.
4 Restore our captives, c O LORD,
like streams in the Negev.
5 Those who sow in tears
will reap with shouts of joy.
6 He who goes out weeping,
bearing a trail of seed,
will surely return with shouts of joy,
carrying sheaves of grain.
1 a Or brought back the captives to Zion ; or restored the fortunes of Zion
1 b Or like those restored to health
4 c Or Restore our fortunes