126:1 «A Song of degrees.» When the LORD turned again the captivity of Zion, we were like them that a dream.
(a) Their deliverance was incredible and
therefore took away all excuse for ingratitude.
126:2 Then was our mouth b
filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing: then said they among the c
heathen, The LORD hath done great things for them.
(b) He shows how the godly should rejoice when
God gathers his Church or delivers it.
(c) If the infidels confess God's wonderful
work, the faithful can never show themselves sufficiently thankful.
126:4 Turn again our
captivity, O LORD, as the d streams in
(d) It is no more impossible for God to deliver
his people than to cause the rivers to run in the wilderness and barren
126:6 He that goeth forth and
weepeth, bearing e precious seed, shall
doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves [with him].
(e) That is, seed which was scarce and dear:
meaning, that they who trusted in God's promise to return had their desire.