Psalm for Thanksgiving Day

שִׁיר הַמַּעֲלוֹת
בְּשׁוּב יְהוָה אֶת־שִׁיבַת צִיּוֹן
הָיִינוּ כְּחֹלְמִים׃
‏ אָז יִמָּלֵא שְׂחוֹק פִּינוּ
וּלְשׁוֹנֵנוּ רִנָּה
אָז יֹאמְרוּ בַגּוֹיִם
הִגְדִּיל יְהוָה לַעֲשׂוֹת עִם־אֵלֶּה׃
‎‏ הִגְדִּיל יְהוָה לַעֲשׂוֹת עִמָּנוּ
הָיִינוּ שְׂמֵחִים׃
‎‏ שׁוּבָה יְהוָה אֶת־שְׁבִיתֵנוּ
כַּאֲפִיקִים בַּנֶּגֶב׃
‎‏ הַזֹּרְעִים בְּדִמְעָה
בְּרִנָּה יִקְצֹרוּ׃
‎‏ הָלוֹךְ יֵלֵךְ וּבָכֹה
נֹשֵׂא מֶשֶׁךְ־הַזָּרַע
בֹּא־יָבוֹא בְרִנָּה
נֹשֵׂא אֲלֻמֹּתָיו׃

Psalm 126

I’m still on the road (in New Orleans) for this Thanksgiving, so I will just provide the NRSV translation below. May you and your family recount the ever faithfulness of the Lord this day, and be thankful.

When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion,
          we were like those who dream.
Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
          and our tongue with shouts of joy;
then it was said among the nations,
           “The LORD has done great things for them.”
     The LORD has done great things for us,
          and we rejoiced.
Restore our fortunes, O LORD,
          like the watercourses in the Negeb.
May those who sow in tears
          reap with shouts of joy.
Those who go out weeping,
          bearing the seed for sowing,
     shall come home with shouts of joy,
          carrying their sheaves.

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