Thanksgiving for Return from Captivity.
1When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion (Jerusalem),
We were like those who dream [it seemed so unreal].
2Then our mouth was filled with laughter
And our tongue with joyful shouting;
Then they said among the nations,
“The Lord has done great things for them.”
3The Lord has done great things for us;
We are glad!
4Restore our captivity, O Lord,
As the stream-beds in the South (the Negev) [are restored by torrents of rain].
5They who sow in tears shall reap with joyful singing.
6He who goes back and forth weeping, carrying his bag of seed [for planting],
Will indeed come again with a shout of joy, bringing his sheaves with him.