1 A Song of Ascents.When the Lord brought back those who returned to Zion,we were like those who dream.

2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,and our tongue with singing.Then they said among the nations,"The Lord has done great things for them."

3 The Lord has done great things for us,and we are glad.

4 Restore our fortunes again, Lord,like the streams in the Negev.

5 Those who sow in tears will reap in joy.

6 He who goes out weeping, carrying seed for sowing,will certainly come again with joy, carrying his sheaves.