A prayer for the perfecting of their deliverance (v. 4): "Turn again our captivity. The latter is probably the idea, that while a considerable part of the nation had been restored, and while an order had been issued for the restoration of all the captives to their native land, it was still true that a portion of them remained in exile; and the prayer is, that God would interfere in their behalf, and complete the work. [3.] Was this really happening? This will agree well with the account of the return of the exiles from Babylon, and with all that had been done for them by Cyrus. While Israel went a whoring from their God joy was forbidden them (Hos. The psalmist, however, expresses entire confidence that there would be such interposition, and that, though then in trouble, they would have joy, such as the farmer has who goes forth sowing his seed with weeping, and who comes with joy in the harvest, bearing his sheaves with him, Psalm 126:5-6. It will be easy, in singing this psalm, to apply it either to any particular deliverance wrought for the church or our own land or to the great work of our salvation by Christ. Read Psalm 126:6 commentary using The Treasury of David. Turn again our captivity, O LORD, as the streams in the south. The heathen are amazed at it, and some of them angry, but we are glad." The product is one of … 2. The people of Ibel and Khiem, in Merj ‛Aiyun for example, have their best grain-growing fields down in the ‛Ard Huleh six or eight miles from their homes, and just that much nearer the lawless border of the desert. Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow | Learn more... With a UCG.org account you will be able to save items to read and study later! The troubles of the saints will not last always, but, when they have done their work, shall have a happy period. "For this slight momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison" (2 Corinthians 4:17 2 Corinthians 4:17For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, works for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;American King James Version×, RSV). God had "brought back the captivity of Zion" (verse 1). Turn again our captivity, O Lord - literally, “Turn our captivity.” The word “again” is inserted by the translators, and conveys an idea which is not necessarily in the original. It is simply a prayer that God would “turn” their captivity; that is, looking upon the captivity as not wholly ended, or as, in some sense, still continuing, that it might please him wholly to turn it, or to end it. 2. They that sow in tears shall reap in joy - Though the sowing of seed is a work of labor and sorrow - often a work so burdening the farmer that he weeps - yet the return - the harvest - is accompanied with rejoicing. Then was our mouth filled with laughter - Then were we happy; completely happy. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Psalm 126 EXEGESIS: CONTEXT: This psalm is composed of two sections: Verses 1-3 speak of a wondrous, joyful time "when Yahweh brought back those who returned to Zion." God is to be eyed as the author of all the great things done for the church. 1:3), and many yet remained in Babylon; and therefore they rejoiced with trembling, and bore upon their hearts the grievances that were yet to be redressed. Those that had come out of captivity were still in distress, even in their own land (Neh. Bibliography InformationBarnes, Albert. (2.) Though Babylon be not mentioned here (as it is, Ps. God’s appearances for his people are to be looked upon as great things. The truth is expressed in a general form, as illustrating the idea that enterprises which are begun under many difficulties, and which require much labor, will be crowned with success, and that the joy is more than an equivalent for all the weariness and sorrow. (2.)  And kept the feast of unleavened bread seven days with joy: for the LORD had made them joyful, and turned the heart of the king of Assyria to them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel. Study the bible online using commentary on Psalm 126:6 and more! We have here, 1. The Lord hath done great things for them - In causing their return to their own land; in ordering the arrangements for it; in bringing their captivity to an end; in securing such interposition from the civil rulers as to facilitate their return. 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. The Beyond Today editor profile represents a collaborative effort on various pieces of content, featured in the Beyond Today magazine, that is not attributed to just one author. The whole was to be traced to God. Those that were laughed at now laugh and a new song is put into their mouths. 4. It is good to observe how the church’s deliverances are for us, that we may rejoice in them. Indeed, they always go forth in large companies, and completely armed, ready to drop the plow and seize the musket at a moment‘s warning; and yet, with all this care, many sad and fatal calamities overtake the people who must thus sow in tears. We were like those that are recovered to health (so Dr. Hammond reads it); "such a comfortable happy change it was to us, as life from the dead or sudden ease from exquisite pain; we thought ourselves in a new world." And while we are here in this world there will still be matter for prayer, even when we are most furnished with matter for praise. Psalm 126 is harmonized with Ezra 6:14-22 Ezra 6:14-22  And the elders of the Jews built, and they prospered through the prophesying of Haggai the prophet and Zechariah the son of Iddo. These verses look forward to the mercies that were yet wanted. We see it; we feel it; we acknowledge it.  Seven days shall you keep a solemn feast to the LORD your God in the place which the LORD shall choose: because the LORD your God shall bless you in all your increase, and in all the works of your hands, therefore you shall surely rejoice. But the promise is expressed generally, that all the saints may comfort themselves with this confidence, that their seedness of tears will certainly end in a harvest of joy at last, v. 5, 6. Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible. The ancient Jewish return to the Promised Land after decades of loss, heartache and shame was a source of great rejoicing.  And this house was finished on the third day of the month Adar, which was in the sixth year of the reign of Darius the king. However, there is also great joy for those restored to Zion-another theme repeated from the previous psalm. I. Though Babylon be not mentioned here (as it is, Ps. It being a song of ascents, in which the same things are twice repeated with advancement (v. 2, 3, and v. 4, 5), it is put here among the rest of the psalms that bear that title. Roads and bridges [have been] destroyed by the force of these torrential streams. Finding the new version too difficult to understand?