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1 (A Song of degrees.) When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

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 us; whereof we are glad.

4 Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south.

5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.

6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.

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

  • 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.......
  • Nana Asare Bediako
    This is a reminder to all the children of God to be careful of the life we live on this sinful world because coming out from captive is not easy if not by not by his grace.
  • TR Ahlstrom
    If our heart is hard, no tears will flow. It is, moreover, of no avail to invent such sorrow. Crocodile tears don't count. But when we truly consider the God against whom we have sinned and terrors of Calvary where those sins were laid fully on the LORD Jesus, the rivers of our eyes will be opened.

    First our mind is awakened to God. Then our heart is broken.
  • Joseph
    sow in tears, but reap in joy!this is God's work, marvelous in our eyes
  • Bless the name of our God. Last night I was walking on the street to my residenc
    Bless the name of our Lord
  • A disciple
    "When the LORD turned again our captivity..." A look into the future; hopefully not too far away; when the completed matters of God with men are openly fulfilled before the eyes of all. From out of the ages of darkness and surreal shall break forth such joy and laughter and singing, for the glory of the Lord among us at last! But for the now we sow in tears, and bear precious seed for the Harvest.

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Bible Trivia

In Psalm 126 about God's ability to restore, the word 'sheaves' is used to indicate what?
  • Arrows
  • Bundle
  • Harvest
  • Spears
  • Paper