Psalm 126:1
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English Standard Version
When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.

King James Bible
A Song of degrees. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

American Standard Version
When Jehovah brought back those that returned to Zion, We were like unto them that dream.

Douay-Rheims Bible
When the lord brought back the captivity of Sion, we became like men comforted.

English Revised Version
A Song of Ascents. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like unto them that dream.

Webster's Bible Translation
A Song of degrees. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

After the fact of the divine succour has been expressed, in Psalm 124:6 follows the thanksgiving for it, and in Psalm 124:7 the joyful shout of the rescued one. In Psalm 124:6 the enemies are conceived of as beasts of prey on account of their bloodthirstiness, just as the worldly empires are in the Book of Daniel; in Psalm 124:7 as "fowlers" on account of their cunning. According to the punctuation it is not to be rendered: Our soul is like a bird that is escaped, in which case it would have been accented בפשׁנו כצפור, but: our soul (subject with Rebia magnum) is as a bird (כּצפור as in Hosea 11:11; Proverbs 23:32; Job 14:2, instead of the syntactically more usual כּצּפור) escaped out of the snare of him who lays snares (יוקשׁ, elsewhere יקושׁ, יקוּשׁ, a fowler, Psalm 91:3). נשׁבר (with ā beside Rebia) is 3rd:praet.: the snare was burst, and we - we became free. In Psalm 124:8 (cf. Psalm 121:2; Psalm 134:3) the universal, and here pertinent thought, viz., the help of Israel is in the name of Jahve, the Creator of the world, i.e., in Him who is manifest as such and is continually verifying Himself, forms the epiphonematic close. Whether the power of the world seeks to make the church of Jahve like to itself or to annihilate it, it is not a disavowal of its God, but a faithful confession, stedfast even to death, that leads to its deliverance.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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.

Psalm 120:1 In my distress I cried to the LORD, and he heard me.

Psalm 121:1 I will lift up my eyes to the hills, from where comes my help.

Psalm 122:1 I was glad when they said to me, Let us go into the house of the LORD.

Psalm 123:1 To you lift I up my eyes, O you that dwell in the heavens.

Psalm 124:1 If it had not been the LORD who was on our side, now may Israel say;

Psalm 125:1 They that trust in the LORD shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but stays for ever.

turned again, etc. Heb. returned the returning of Zion

Psalm 53:6 Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God brings back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice...

Psalm 85:1 Lord, you have been favorable to your land: you have brought back the captivity of Jacob.

Ezra 1:1 Now in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, that the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah might be fulfilled...

Job 42:10 And the LORD turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends: also the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

Jeremiah 31:8-10 Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame...

Hosea 6:11 Also, O Judah, he has set an harvest for you, when I returned the captivity of my people.

Joel 3:1 For, behold, in those days, and in that time, when I shall bring again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem,

we were like

Job 9:16 If I had called, and he had answered me; yet would I not believe that he had listened to my voice.

Mark 16:11 And they, when they had heard that he was alive, and had been seen of her, believed not.

Luke 24:11,41 And their words seemed to them as idle tales, and they believed them not...

Acts 12:9,14-16 And he went out, and followed him; and knew not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision...

Cross References
Acts 12:9
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.

Deuteronomy 30:3
then the LORD your God will restore your fortunes and have mercy on you, and he will gather you again from all the peoples where the LORD your God has scattered you.

Job 8:21
He will yet fill your mouth with laughter, and your lips with shouting.

Job 42:10
And the LORD restored the fortunes of Job, when he had prayed for his friends. And the LORD gave Job twice as much as he had before.

Psalm 80:3
Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved!

Psalm 85:1
LORD, you were favorable to your land; you restored the fortunes of Jacob.

Isaiah 14:7
The whole earth is at rest and quiet; they break forth into singing.

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