A Song of Ascents.
When the Lord s restored the fortunes of Zion,
we were like those who t dream.
Then our u mouth was filled with laughter,
and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then they said among the nations,
v "The Lord has done great things for them."
The Lord has done great things for us;
we are glad.
Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
like streams in the Negeb!
w Those who sow in tears
shall reap with shouts of joy!
He who goes out weeping,
bearing the seed for sowing,
shall come home with shouts of joy,
bringing his sheaves with him.
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
In my distress I called to the Lord, and he answered me.
Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the Lord restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.
And he went out and followed him. He did not know that what was being done by the angel was real, but thought he was seeing a vision.
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting.
Your righteousness, O God, reaches the high heavens. You who have done great things, O God, who is like you?
And they kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy, for the Lord had made them joyful and had turned the heart of the king of Assyria to them, so that he aided them in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.
And they offered great sacrifices that day and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and children also rejoiced. And the joy of Jerusalem was heard far away.
With weeping they shall come, and with pleas for mercy I will lead them back, I will make them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble, for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.
And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
Haggai 2:3 - 9
Who is left among you who saw this house in its former glory? How do you see it now? Is it not as nothing in your eyes?