Psalm 126:1
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New American Standard Bible
A Song of Ascents. When the LORD brought back the captive ones 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.

Darby Bible Translation
{A Song of degrees.} When Jehovah turned the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream.

World English Bible
When Yahweh brought back those who returned to Zion, we were like those who dream.

Young's Literal Translation
A Song of the Ascents. In Jehovah's turning back to the captivity of Zion, We have been as dreamers.

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Barnes' Notes on the Bible

When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion - Margin, as in Hebrew, "returned the returning of Zion." The Hebrew word which is rendered in the text captivity means properly return; and then, those returning. The ancient versions render it captivity. The reference clearly is to those who were returning to Zion, and the psalmist fixes his eye on them as returning, and immediately says that it was the Lord who had thus restored them. The whole was to be traced to God.

We were like them that dream - The Latin Vulgate and the Septuagint render this, "we were comforted." The meaning is, "It seemed like a dream; we could hardly realize that it was so; it was so marvelous, so good, so full of joy, that we could scarcely believe it was real." This state of mind is not uncommon, when, in sudden and overpowering joy, we ask whether it can be real; whether it is not all a dream. We fear that it is; we apprehend that it will all vanish away like a dream.

Psalm 126:1 Parallel Commentaries

The Seed Growing Secretly.
"And he said, So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground; and should sleep, and rise night and day, and the seed should spring and grow up, he knoweth not how. For the earth bringeth forth fruit of herself; first the blade, then the ear, after that the full corn in the ear. But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come."--MARK iv. 26-29. This is the only parable that is peculiar to Mark. The subjects contained in
William Arnot—The Parables of Our Lord

Of the Necessity of Divine Influences to Produce Regeneration in the Soul.
Titus iii. 5, 6. Titus iii. 5, 6. Not by works of righteousness, which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; which he shed on us abundantly, through Jesus Christ our Saviour. IF my business were to explain and illustrate this scripture at large, it would yield an ample field for accurate criticism and useful discourse, and more especially would lead us into a variety of practical remarks, on which it would be pleasant
Philip Doddridge—Practical Discourses on Regeneration

Cross References
Acts 12:9
And he went out and continued to follow, and 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 you from captivity, and have compassion on you, and 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
The LORD restored the fortunes of Job when he prayed for his friends, and the LORD increased all that Job had twofold.

Psalm 80:3
O God, restore us And cause Your face to shine upon us, and we will be saved.

Psalm 85:1
For the choir director. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. O LORD, You showed favor to Your land; You restored the captivity of Jacob.

Isaiah 14:7
"The whole earth is at rest and is quiet; They break forth into shouts of joy.

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