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1 A song of degrees. When the Lord turned againe the captiuitie of Zion: wee were like them that dreame.

2 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.

3 The Lord hath done great things for vs: whereof we are glad.

4 Turne againe our captiuitie, O Lord: as the streames in the South.

5 They that sow in teares: shall reape in ioy.

6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtlesse come againe with reioycing: bringing his sheaues with him.

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Commentary for Psalms 126

Those returned out of captivity are to be thankful. (1-3) Those yet in captivity are encouraged. (4-6)

1-3 It is good to observe how God's deliverances of the church are for us, that we may rejoice in them. And how ought redemption from the wrath to come, from the power of sin and of Satan, to be valued! The sinner convinced of his guilt and danger, when by looking to a crucified Saviour he receives peace to his conscience, and power to break off his sins, often can scarcely believe that the prospect which opens to him is a reality.

4-6 The beginnings of mercies encourage us to pray for the completion of them. And while we are in this world there will be matter for prayer, even when we are most furnished with matter for praise. Suffering saints are often in tears; they share the calamities of human life, and commonly have a greater share than others. But they sow in tears; they do the duty of an afflicted state. Weeping must not hinder sowing; we must get good from times of affliction. And they that sow, in the tears of godly sorrow, to the Spirit, shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting; and that will be a joyful harvest indeed. Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be for ever comforted. When we mourn for our sins, or suffer for Christ's sake, we are sowing in tears, to reap in joy. And remember that God is not mocked; for whatever a man soweth that shall he reap, #Ga 6:7-9|. Here, O disciple of Jesus, behold an emblem of thy present labour and future reward; the day is coming when thou shalt reap in joy, plentiful shall be thy harvest, and great shall be thy joy in the Lord.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for Psalms 126

  • Obbie Beal

    V:5 "They that sow in tears shall reap in joy". (YES! YES! YES!)! it is o/k to shed tears when applicable, but keep your 'Whole Armor of GOD' on, thereby prepared; within seconds the next battle with evil shall began again.
  • Philip
    Psalm 126 vs. 1"When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion..." It doesn't matter if you consider yourself in captivity one way or the other because it certainly is a door way to a higher level and therefore a place of praise and worship. Hallelujah!!! Amen and amen.
  • Jeff M Wells
    What I think is not important. What God says to me specifically through this passage is what is important.
  • Manuel Suarez
    Amen,,,,,, God is real and he is coming real soon
  • BUTCH
    Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter.
  • Adekunle
    We should let free our mind, "when the Lord turn again the captivity" we are already saved by the blood of Jesus by God's grace. Our faith is not enough to see the great work of salvation. Is a great joy. Peace of mind. Assurance of life.......

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