1261When the LORD brought us back to Jerusalem,126.1 brought us back to Jerusalem; or made Jerusalem prosperous again.
it was like a dream!
2How we laughed, how we sang for joy!
Then the other nations said about us,
“The LORD did great things for them.”
3Indeed he did great things for us;
how happy we were!
4LORD, make us prosperous again,126.4 make… again; or take us back to our land.
just as the rain brings water back to dry riverbeds.
5Let those who wept as they sowed their seed,
gather the harvest with joy!
6Those who wept as they went out carrying the seed
will come back singing for joy,
as they bring in the harvest.
1271If the LORD does not build the house,
the work of the builders is useless;
if the LORD does not protect the city,
it is useless for the sentries to stand guard.
2It is useless to work so hard for a living,
getting up early and going to bed late.
For the LORD provides for those he loves,
while they are asleep.
3Children are a gift from the LORD;
they are a real blessing.
4The sons a man has when he is young
are like arrows in a soldier's hand.
5Happy is the man who has many such arrows.
He will never be defeated
when he meets his enemies in the place of judgement.
1281Happy are those who obey the LORD,
who live by his commands.
2Your work will provide for your needs;
you will be happy and prosperous.
3Your wife will be like a fruitful vine in your home,
and your children will be like young olive trees round your table.
4A man who obeys the LORD
will surely be blessed like this.
5May the LORD bless you from Zion!
May you see Jerusalem prosper
all the days of your life!
6May you live to see your grandchildren!
Peace be with Israel!