Shir hama-alos beshuv Ado-n-oy
es shivas tzion, hayinu k’cholmim.
Az yimaleh s'chok pinu,
u’lshoneinu rinah. Az yomru
vagoyim, higdil Ado-noy
la’asos im eileh.

Higdil Ado-noy la’asos imanu,
hayinu simechim. Shuvah Ado-noy
es shevisenu ka’afikim bangev.
Hazorim bedimah berinah yiktzoru.
Haloch yelech u’vacho,
noseh meshech hazara,
bo yavo berinah noseh alumosav.


A song of ascents. When the L-rd will return the exiles of Zion, we will have been like dreamers. Then our mouth will be filled with laughter, and our tongue with songs of joy; then will they say among the nations, “The L-rd has done great things for these.”

The L-rd has done great things for us; we were joyful. L-rd, return our exiles as streams to arid soil. Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy. He goes along weeping, carrying the bag of seed; he will surely return with songs of joy, carrying his sheaves.