We see here not only that Zion abides, but that her joy returns after sorrow. For this kind of speech which the Prophet useth here is of greater importance than that it may be applied only to Jewish particular captivities. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. As by the Lord's permission they were led into captivity, so only by his power they were set at liberty. For whose sake it is (even for his church), that "the Lord loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwellings of Jacob" ( Psalms 87:2 ); loveth her more, and so her captivity goeth nearer him, and her deliverance better pleaseth him, than all Jacob besides. The Christian's exultation at his deliverance from the spiritual captivity of sin. Indeed, the passage is not applicable to captives in Babylon, for it is Zion itself which is in captivity and not a part of her citizens: the holy city was in sorrow and distress; though it could not be removed, the prosperity could be diminished. whether they are asleep or awake; and whether what they see and set the exiles free to return to Jerusalem. The word "turn" would seem to be the keynote of the song: it is a Psalm of conversion -- conversion from captivity; and it may well be used to set forth the rapture of a pardoned soul when the anger of the Lord is turned away from it. When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream." Psalm 126 The Psalter still presents major problems of interpretation. eternal redemption by Christ, of which the deliverance from A New Metrical Translation", 1882. 1. Although in all these he did employ Moses and Deborah, Gideon and Jephthah, as instruments for their deliverance; and so it was not Cyrus's valour, but the Lord's power; not his policy, but God's wisdom, that, overthrowing the enemies, gave to Cyrus the victory, and put it into his heart to set his people at liberty; for he upheld his hands to subdue nations. Abiding is not enough, fruitfulness is added. The theme of restoration that began with Psalm 80 in Advent 1, and Psalm 85 in Advent 2, is continued this week in Psalm 126. I ask, first, Why of Zion? Wherefore we take this Psalm to be a prophecy of the redemption that should come by Jesus Christ, and the publishing of the gospel, whereby the kingdom of Christ is advanced, and death and the devil with all the powers of darkness are vanquished. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dreamed. 2 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. All rights reserved. When old Jacob was told by his sons that his son Joseph was alive, his heart failed, and he believed them not; but when he had heard all that Joseph had said, and when he saw the chariots that Joseph had sent, then, as it were, raised from a sleep, and awakened from a dream, his spirit revived, and, rejoicing, he cried out, "I have enough; Joseph my son is yet alive. --John Hume. -- A Song of Degrees. Verses 1-3 speak of a wondrous, joyful time “when Yahweh brought back those who returned to Zion.” This almost certainly refers to the miraculous return of Jewish exiles from Babylonia, which took place when Cyrus, king of Persia, defeated Babylonia and in 538 B.C. 1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of [] Zion, we were like those who dreamed. The Psalm is a Psalm of joy. When a man is in a good dream, his mouth is not filled with laughter, nor his tongue with praise: if a man be in a bad dream, his mouth is not filled with laughter, nor his tongue with praise; but when a man is restored to health after a great sickness, it is so. And I had to think about it for quite awhile; really think about the meaning. THE PROMISE in Soul-winning Psalms 126:5 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy. 3 The LORD … Let our hearts gratefully remember the former loving kindnesses of the Lord: we were sadly low, sorely distressed, and completely past hope, but when Jehovah appeared he did not merely lift us out of despondency, he raised us into wondering happiness. Corinthians 3:16 ) ; and may be applied to spiritual and The Hebrew noun denotes conversion, in its spiritual sense, and the verb God's gracious condescension in accepting or responding to it. We will call it, "Leading captivity captive.". The words should rather be translated, "We are like unto those that are restored to health." Psalm 126:1-6 A Song of the Ascents. Jeremiah especially the prayer, ( Psalms 126:4 Targum is. The joy of dreams is soon forgotten, but this is "everlasting joy." We wish it were, but its not. "Them" is the army that God turned away. "People that were dreaming" means that people could not believe the good thing that God did for them! Zion, and are by nature captives to sin, Satan, and the law; from Psalm 126:1 When the LORD restored the captives of Zion, we were like dreamers. Never shall that hour be forgotten. 1. 4 and may not only literally respect the return of the captives in Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. It is the normal word used for "repentance" (see Special Topic: Repentance in the OT) from the basic meaning … It was he and not Gideon that brought them out of the hands of the Midianites, after seven years' servitude. Psalm 126 expresses the themes of redemption and joy and gratitude to God. of it, and which the following word seems to confirm; and employed him in, and stirred him up to do, and therefore is This maketh Zion's captivity to be mentioned chiefly, as chiefly regarded by God, and to be regarded by his people. He turns exile into ecstasy, and banishment into bliss. Whole Psalm. It was not the freedom of an individual which the Lord in mercy had wrought, but of all Zion, of the whole nation; and this was reason enough for overflowing gladness. 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. Whole Psalm. returning the captivity of the Jews, and their being turned to Here the trustor becomes a sower: faith works by love, obtains a present bliss, and secures a harvest of delight. Joy! Psalms 126:1-6 Sowing & Reaping 6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him. And though this is expressed in the past tense, Thus Cajetan, Shindior, and others would have it translated here; and it suits best with the following words, "Then were our mouths filled with laughter, and our tongues with praise." California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. Joy! Sunny memories of what the Lord did, "he turned again the captivity", etc. We were like them that dream, etc. proclamation by Cyrus was first heard of by the Jews, and they 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. It is one of the fifteen Songs of Ascent in the Book of Psalms, from the third section of the Hebrew Bible, and a book of the Christian Old Testament. Psalm 126, Isaiah 65:17-25, 1 Thessalonians 5:12-28, John 1:6-8,19-28. When the LORD brought back his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. Dreams are unsubstantial things, but "the Lord turned" -- an actual fact. Psalm 126:1-6 The Greatest Future Is Yet to Come “Bringing in the Sheaves,” a hymn in the Baptist Hymnal was written by Knowles Shaw, is based on the last verse of Psalm 126. 126. and redemption by him, were to the disciples, ( Luke 24:11 Luke 24:21 Luke 24:41 ) . Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. Psalm 126:1 Translation & Meaning. They were looking on each other wonderingly, like sleepers on an empty dream. 126:1; a prayer for YHWH to do it again, Ps. ) ; we were like them that dream; a Song of drawing upwards", of the drawing (going) up to the heavenly Jerusalem. I believe this psalm is yet once more to be sung in still more joyous strain; once more will the glad tidings of Israel's restoration break upon her scattered tribes, like the unreal shadow of a dream; once more will the inhabitants of the various lands from among whom they come forth exclaim in adoring wonder, "The Lord hath done great things for them", when they see Israelite after Israelite and Jew after Jew, as on that wondrous night of Egypt, with their loins girded, their shoes on their feet, and their staff in their hand, hasting to obey the summons that recalls them to their own loved land! What Psalm 126 means Verse 1: This verse fits the Sennacherib story better than the Cyrus story. Psalms 126:1 When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. --John Hume, in "The Jewes Deliverance", 1628. Psalms 126:1. Then it was said among the nations, "The LORD has done great things for them." In other words, its not all, all, all the way up all the time. This verse is the marrow of the whole psalm, occasioned by the return of God's people out of Babel's captivity into their own country. what was Zion? Psalm 126 is the 126th psalm of the Book of Psalms, generally known in English by its first verse, in the King James Version, "When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream", and in Hebrew by its opening words, "Shir HaMaalot". of The policy of those great powers in the East had long been settled, viz., to break up the old tribes and kingdoms of Western Asia; take the people into far eastern countries, and never let them return. 126:4 126:1 "brought back" This verbal (BDB 996, KB 1427, Qal infinitive construct) has a wide semantic field. it seemed too good news to be true, as the news of Joseph's being When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. --Joseph Addison Alexander. Some dark cloud lowered over the beloved capital, and its citizens prayed "Turn again our captivity. Psalms 126:3 The LORD hath done great things for us; whereof we are glad. There is nothing in the psalm that can be applied exclusively to the return of Israel from the captivity; but, at the same time, there is nothing to exclude that example of God's restoring the fortunes of Israel. Singular impressions, -- we could not believe it to be true. We know it was but a hill in Jerusalem, on the north side. ", This psalm is in its right place and most fittingly follows its predecessor, for as in Ps 125:1-5, we read that the rod of the wicked shall not rest upon the lot of the righteous, we here see it removed from them to their great joy. As we see it was: when they sat by the waters of Babylon, that which made them weep was, "When we remembered thee, O Zion"; that was their greatest grief. Verse 1. This is the seventh Step, and we may therefore expect to meet with some special perfection of joy in it; nor shall we look in vain. The Lord who alone turns our captivity does nothing by halves: those whom he saves from hell he brings to heaven. their deliverance from their present captivity; which is This is an argument wherewith he presseth the foregoing prayer, Psalm 126:4, taken from the common course of God’s providence towards men of all nations, to whom he affords vicissitudes of sorrow and comfort; and particularly towards husbandmen, who though ofttimes they sow their seed-corn with care, and fear, and sorrow, yet afterwards for the most part meet with a joyful harvest. -- A Song of Degrees. When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion. --William Digby Seymour, in "The Hebrew Psalter. This is beeause we are dealing with Hebrew poetry, with all its attendant difficulties such as unusual vocabulary, poetic syntax For what great matter was it for these people of the Jews, being, as it were, a little handful, to be delivered out of temporal captivity, in comparison of the exceeding and incomparable deliverance whereby mankind was set at liberty from the power of their enemies, not temporal, but eternal, even from death, Satan and hell itself? --Sydraeh Simpson, 1658. No awakening to find it "but a dream": see. returned the returning. Why? PSALM 126 WHEN THE LORD RESTORED THE FORTUNES OF ZION (RSV) For the title here we have selected the opening line of the RSV. (Read Psalm 126:4-6) The beginnings of mercies encourage us to pray for the completion of them. It is the same word that is used here. In the endurance of their joy. Meaning to return to the, or meet those returning, as it were, half way. # turned…: Heb. When the Lord restored the fortunes of#:1 Or Lord brought back the captives to Zion,we were like those who dreamed.#:1 Or those restored to health Our mouths were filled The captivity of Zion. Psalm 126:1, KJV: "{A Song of degrees.} of religion, whose spirits the Lord stirred up to come out of "Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south." The pilgrims went from blessing to blessing in their psalmody as they proceeded on their holy way. The Psalm divides itself into a narrative ( Psalms 126:1-2 ), a song ( Psalms 126:3 ), a prayer (Ps 126:4), and a promise ( Psalms 126:5-6 ). Being in trouble, the gracious pilgrims remember for their comfort times of national woe which were succeeded by remarkable deliverances. When the L ord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. --William Bridge, 1600-1670. of All rights reserved. (Title. called Zion, from the city of David, built on Mount Zion, which Verse 1. We were like them that dream. 2. 31:22 Jeremiah Psalm 126 A Harvest of Joy. Jeremiah California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. &) A Song of degrees. mercy in returning the captives was the rebuilding the temple on 31:23 ) ; and the people redeemed are often signified by Their deliverance was so great and incredible that when God brought it to pass they were as men in a dream, thinking it rather a dream, and a vain imagination, than a real truth. Verse 1. So, we can be confident from that and this superscription that David wrote Psalm 26. Hence this joyous surprise. Title. We see here not only that Zion abides, but that her joy returns after sorrow. “Turn again”: A prayer to restore the … Psalm 126 A Harvest of Joy - A Song of Ascents. When the Lord turned again the captivity of Here you may observe that God doth often send succour and deliverance to the godly in the time of their affliction, distress, and adversity; that many times they themselves do doubt of the truth thereof, and think that in very deed they are not delivered, but rather that they have dreamed. That is, they thought it was but mere fantasy and imagination. And so the same word is translated in Isaiah 38:1-22 , when Hezekiah recovered, he made a psalm of praise, and said, "O Lord, by these things men live, and in all these things is the life of my spirit: so wilt thou recover me, and make me to live." It was the promise, "I will bring thee back into this land" ( Genesis 28:15 ), fulfilled beyond all their hope. ", Lorinus seems to excuse this their distrust, because they were so over ravished with joy, that they misdoubted the true cause of their joy: like the Apostles, who having Christ after his resurrection standing before them, they were so exceedingly joyed, that rejoicing they wondered and doubted; and like the two Marys, when the angel told them of our Saviour Christ's resurrection, they returned from the sepulchre rejoicing, and yet withal fearing. This is the seventh Step, and we may therefore expect to meet with some special perfection of joy in it; nor shall we look in vain. At our first conversion what a turning again of captivity we experienced. O Lord. It was he and not Jephthah that delivered them from the Philistines and Amorites after eighteen years' oppression. language, ( Psalms 14:7 ) ( No reason in the world but this, -- that upon it the Temple was built; and so, that Zion is much spoken of, and much made of, it is only for the Temple's sake. a real thing or a vision, and could scarcely believe it for joy; So sudden and so overwhelming was their joy that they felt like men out of themselves, ecstatic, or in a trance. Their response was one of joy and laughter. 126 When Jehovah gathered back the captives of Zion, + We thought we were dreaming. PSALM 126 OVERVIEW. 1 (A Song of degrees.) In their freedom from disappointment. Verse 1. Abiding is not enough, fruitfulness is added. When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. We thought that we were dreaming; we could hardly believe our eyes, when at the command of Cyrus, king of the Persians, we had returned to our own land. Or returned the Jews from their captivity in Babylon; who are KJV Psalm 26:1 And we’ve already seen how Psalm 26 can easily fit David’s life when King Saul was chasing him. Proud member had their liberty upon it, they could hardly tell whether it was Isaiah 1:27 ) whence they are redeemed by Christ, whose work alone it is, ( Salem Media Group. --Thomos Stint, in An Exposition on Psalms 124-126, 1621. why not the captivity of Jerusalem, Judah, Israel? or "shall be" F16; that is, as persons that know not Then in a fuller sense than even at Pentecost our old men shall see visions, and our young men shall dream dreams: yea, all things shall be so wonderful, so far beyond all expectation, that those who behold them shall ask themselves whether it be not all a dream. A song of ascents. No nation known to history, except the Jews, ever did return to rebuild their ancient cities and homes. 30:3 Jeremiah Zion in a spiritual sense, or the church of God, and the interest Since then, from multiplied troubles, from depression of spirit, from miserable backsliding, from grievous doubt, we have been emancipated, and we are not able to describe the bliss which followed each emancipation. Like them that dream. We were like them that dream. A Song of degrees. It may be they feared the truth of so glad news, and doubted lest they were deceived by some apparition. the Lord, ( Isaiah 52:8 ) ( What does this verse really mean? [2 Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. We have seen how these Psalms operate in groups of three a psalm of trouble, followed by a psalm of trust, followed by a psalm of triumph. Whole Psalm. In Psalm 126, the memory of those singing, laughter-filled days of the past becomes, not nostalgia, but the ground of a strong hope for even better days to come.” (Boice) alive was to Jacob, ( Genesis Verse 1. 1 When the LORD brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed. Zion --Lancelot Andrews, 1555-1626. enjoy is in reality or only a vision, as Peter's deliverance from Verse 1. Suffering saints are often in tears; they share the calamities of human life, and commonly have a greater share than others. In the … Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. 45:26 ) ; and so the appearance of Christ, his resurrection, I. The same thing happened to the Greeks, when they heard that their country, being conquered by the Romans, had been made free by the Roman consul, P. Quinctius Flaminius. Verse 1. We were like them that dream. This is right, inasmuch as the deliverance from the captivity of sin and death should in an increased measure excite those feelings of gratitude which Israel must have felt on being delivered from their corporeal captivity; in this respect again is the history of the outward theocracy a type of the history of the church. kingdom; and because they were the godly who were concerned for expressed sometimes by the Lord's bringing again Zion, and ascribed to him. more worldly and carnal stayed behind; as also because the chief The Hebrew word signifies to recover, or, to be restored to health. In mine opinion they go near to the sense and true meaning of the Psalm who do refer it to that great and general captivity of mankind under sin, death and the devil, and to the redemption purchased by the death and blood shedding of Christ, and published in the Gospel. Living Between the Advents. The Or returned the Jews from their captivity in Babylon; who are called Zion, from the city of David, built on Mount Zion, which was in Judea, and adjoined to Jerusalem, the metropolis of the kingdom; and because they were the godly who were concerned for Zion in a spiritual sense, or the church of God, and the interest of religion, whose spirits … They could scarcely believe that they had heard aright. It is thought that it was written just at the occurrence of the restoration, before it was fully completed. Livy says that when the herald had finished there was more good news than the people could receive all at once. Psalm 126 is generally thought to have been written by Ezra, upon the return of the Jews from their captivity in Babylon. That their greatest grief, and this their greatest joy; Loetati sumus, when news came (not, saith the Psalm, in domos nostras, We shall go everyone to his own house, but) in domun Domini ibimus, "We shall go to the house of the Lord, we shall appear before the God of gods in Zion." Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with shouts of joy; then it was said among the nations, “The L ord has done great things for them.” 3. It should seem there is more in Zion's captivity than in the rest, that choice is made of it before the rest. Babylon was a type; and is sometimes expressed in the same 3 The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. was in Judea, and adjoined to Jerusalem, the metropolis of the In faet the interpretation of many psalms is more difficult than other parts of the Old Testament. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. There is nothing in this psalm by which we can decide its date, further than this, -- that it is a song after a great deliverance from oppression. In the reality of their experience. Augustine interprets the title, "A Song of Degrees, i.e. 2 At that time our mouth was filled with laughter And our tongue with a joyful shout. INTRODUCTION: We are continuing in our study on the Psalms of Ascent, and our message series is called Stepping Stones to Gods Heart. Verse 1. Psalms 126. God has restored the fortunes of Zion. And while we are in this world there will be matter for prayer, even when we are most furnished with matter for praise. "For he wist not that it was true which was done by the angel; but thought he saw a vision": Acts 11:9 . "Turning captivity" by no means requires an actual removal into banishment to fill out the idea; rescue from any dire affliction or crushing tyranny would be fitly described as "captivity turned." ) ; for the return of the captivity seems to require it should: Happy people to whom ever ascent was a song, every halt a hymn. Psalm 126 is one of a collection of poems (Psalms 120-134) known as the “Songs of Ascents.” by Cyrus as an instrument, yet it was the Lord's work; which he So, David begins this lament psalm with a combination of an invocation, a petition, and an expression of confidence. This verse will have a higher fulfilment in the day of the final overthrow of the powers of darkness when the Lord shall come forth for the salvation and glorification of his redeemed. It was no dream; it was Jacob's dream become a reality. Psalm 126 1 Psalm 126 A song of ascents. Why is that hill so honoured? 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 … -- Barton Bouchier (1794-1865), in "Manna in the Heart.". --Henry Cowles, in "The Psalms; with Notes", 1872. Then sorrow was gone like a dream, and the joy which followed was so great that it seemed too good to be true, and they feared that it must be the vision of an idle brain. They, the greater and more general; why not the captivity of them, but of Zion? We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. This verse explains that when we pray … 1 When the Lord turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that dream. 30:18 ) ( 2 These psalms trace the upward ascent of our heart to Gods heart, but its not smooth sailing all the way. In its Christian aspect the psalm represents the seventh of the "degrees" in our ascent to the Jerusalem that is above. prison was to him, ( Acts 12:9 ) ; When the Jerusalem, Judah, Israel, were led away captives, no less than Zion. And like the psalmist in the Psalms of Ascent, we m… When the LORD brought back the captive ones of Zion, We were like those who dream." In Jehovah's turning (to) the turning of Zion. Salem Media Group. The product is one of the grandest, most eloquent lyrical prayers in the Psalter. Verse 1. We need not instance the histories which illustrate this verse in connection with literal Israel; but it is well to remember how often it has been true to ourselves. To answer your good question, let’s read Psalm 126:1-6, “A Song of degrees. 137:1-3 ) . Psalms 126:2 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. Peter, being imprisoned by Herod, when he was delivered by an angel, for all the light that did shine in the prison; though the angel did smite him on the side and raised him up; though he caused the chains to fall off his hands; though he spake to him three several times, Surge, einge, circunda; "Arise quickly, gird thyself, and cast thy garment about thee"; though he conducted him safely by the watches; and though he caused the iron gates to open willingly; yet for all this he was like unto them that dream. Then it was said among the nations, “The Lord has done great things for them.” 3 The Lord has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy. When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. 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