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Bible Commentaries

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

Psalms 126

Introduction

1The church, celebrating her incredible return out of captivity, 4 prays for, and prophesies the good success thereof.

Verse 1

When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.
(Title
&) A Song of degrees. This Psalm evidently appears to have been composed in consequence of the proclamation of Cyrus in favour of the Jews, giving them leave to return to their own land, and rebuild their city and temple.
120:1; 121:1; 122:1; 123:1; 124:1; 125:1; *titles
turned again, etc
Heb. returned the returning of Zion.
53:6; 85:1; Ezra 1:1-11; Job 42:10; Jeremiah 31:8-10; Hosea 6:11; Joel 3:1
we were like
Job 9:16; Mark 16:11; Luke 24:11,41; Acts 12:9,14-16
Reciprocal: Genesis 45:26 - he believed; Deuteronomy 30:3 - then the; Nehemiah 8:12 - to make; Job 29:24 - they believed; Psalm 30:11 - turned; Psalm 66:5 - Come; Psalm 106:47 - Save us; Psalm 126:4 - Turn again; Ecclesiastes 3:4 - time to weep; Isaiah 14:7 - they; Isaiah 48:20 - with a voice; Isaiah 49:24 - prey; Jeremiah 29:14 - and I will turn; Jeremiah 30:19 - out; Jeremiah 32:44 - for I; Jeremiah 33:7 - will cause; Jeremiah 51:10 - let us; Ezekiel 16:53 - bring; Ezekiel 36:23 - and the heathen; Joel 2:21 - for; Zephaniah 2:7 - turn; Luke 6:21 - ye shall laugh; Luke 15:25 - he

Verse 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.
Then was
14:7; 53:6; 106:47,48; Ezra 3:11; Job 8:21; Isaiah 35:10; 49:9-13; Jeremiah 31:12,13; 33:11; Revelation 11:15-17
then said
Numbers 23:23; Joshua 2:9-11; 9:9,10; Nehemiah 6:16; Zechariah 8:22,23; Romans 11:15
done great thing for them
Heb. magnified to do with them.
Reciprocal: Genesis 18:12 - laughed; Genesis 21:6 - God; 1 Samuel 12:24 - how great things; Psalm 30:11 - turned; Psalm 31:19 - wrought; Psalm 65:8 - afraid; Psalm 71:19 - who hast; Psalm 85:1 - thou hast; Psalm 96:10 - Say; Psalm 109:27 - General; Psalm 145:6 - And men; Ecclesiastes 3:4 - time to weep; Song of Solomon 6:9 - The daughters; Jeremiah 30:19 - out; Jeremiah 33:9 - a name; Ezekiel 36:35 - they shall; Ezekiel 37:13 - General; Ezekiel 37:28 - the heathen; Ezekiel 39:13 - the day; Joel 2:26 - that; Micah 7:16 - nations; Zephaniah 3:14 - shout; Luke 1:49 - hath; Luke 6:21 - ye shall laugh; Luke 8:39 - and published; Luke 24:41 - believed

Verse 3

The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad.
18:50; 31:19; 66:5,6; 68:7,8,22; Ezra 7:27,28; Isaiah 11:11-16; 12:4-6; Isaiah 51:9-11; 52:9,10; 66:14; Luke 1:46,49; Ephesians 1:18-22; Revelation 12:10; Revelation 19:1-7
Reciprocal: Numbers 23:23 - What hath; 1 Samuel 12:24 - how great things; Psalm 71:19 - who hast; Psalm 92:4 - General; Psalm 145:6 - And men; Jeremiah 33:9 - a name; Ezekiel 37:13 - General; Ezekiel 39:13 - the day; Joel 2:26 - that; Zephaniah 3:14 - shout; Luke 8:39 - and published

Verse 4

Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south.
Turn again
1; 85:4; Hosea 1:11
as the streams
Joshua 3:16; Isaiah 41:18
Reciprocal: Job 42:10 - turned; Jeremiah 29:14 - and I will turn; Jeremiah 33:7 - will cause; Jeremiah 50:4 - going

Verse 5

They that sow in tears shall reap in joy.
that sow
137:1; Isaiah 12:1-3; Jeremiah 31:9-13; Joel 2:17,23; Matthew 5:4; John 16:20-22; 2 Corinthians 7:8-11
joy
or, singing.
Reciprocal: Leviticus 23:32 - afflict; Numbers 29:7 - afflict; 2 Samuel 15:30 - weeping; 2 Kings 20:5 - I have seen; Psalm 30:5 - weeping; Psalm 51:8 - Make; Psalm 56:8 - put; Psalm 90:15 - Make; Psalm 97:11 - sown; Proverbs 11:18 - but; Ecclesiastes 3:4 - time to weep; Ecclesiastes 7:3 - is better; Ecclesiastes 7:8 - Better; Ecclesiastes 11:1 - for; Isaiah 9:3 - they joy; Hosea 10:12 - Sow; Mark 9:24 - with; Luke 6:21 - ye that weep; Luke 7:38 - weeping; Luke 22:62 - and wept; John 17:13 - that; Acts 20:37 - wept; 1 Corinthians 7:30 - that weep; 2 Corinthians 7:7 - mourning; Galatians 6:8 - soweth to the; 2 Timothy 1:4 - filled; James 4:9 - afflicted

Verse 6

He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
that goeth
30:5; Job 11:13-17; Isaiah 61:3; Jeremiah 50:4,5; Galatians 6:7,8
precious seed
or, seed basket. shall doubtless.
Isaiah 9:2,3; Luke 15:18-24; Acts 16:29-34; Revelation 7:15-17 Reciprocal: Leviticus 23:32 - afflict; Numbers 29:7 - afflict; 2 Samuel 15:30 - weeping; Ezra 3:12 - wept; Job 8:21 - he fill; Psalm 51:8 - Make; Psalm 56:8 - put; Psalm 90:15 - Make; Psalm 97:11 - sown; Psalm 129:7 - he that bindeth; Proverbs 11:18 - but; Ecclesiastes 3:4 - time to weep; Ecclesiastes 7:3 - is better; Ecclesiastes 7:8 - Better; Ecclesiastes 11:1 - for; Jeremiah 31:9 - come; Hosea 10:12 - Sow; Matthew 5:4 - General; Luke 6:21 - ye that weep; Luke 7:38 - weeping; Luke 22:62 - and wept; John 16:20 - your; 1 Corinthians 7:30 - that weep; 2 Corinthians 7:7 - mourning; Philippians 3:8 - doubtless; Hebrews 6:7 - receiveth; James 4:9 - afflicted

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on Psalms 126". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/tsk/psalms-126.html.