Lectionary Year B
December 12, 1999
Third Sunday in Advent
Psalm 126

Initial Acquaintance/Rough Translation


(FS) A. COMPARISON OF TRANSLATIONS

Here is a comparison of the New Revised Standard Version (NRSV), the New International Version (NIV), the Reina-Valera, Revision 1960 (R-V), and the Nueva Biblia Espanola (NBE). The Spanish versions have been translated into English.
VerseNRSVNIVR-V
1When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream.When the Lord brought back the captives to Zion, we were like men who dreamed.When the lord reverses the captivity of Zion, we will be like those who dream.When the Lord changed the fortune of Zion, it seemed a dream to us.
2Then 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."Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with shouts of joy. Then it was said among the nations, "The Lord has done great things for them."Then our mouths will be filled with laughter, and our tongues with praise; then they will say among the nations: "The Lord has done great things with these."Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs. Even the pagans said: "The Lord has been great with them."
3and we rejoicedand we were filled with joyWe shall be joyfulWe are joyful
4like the watercourses in the Negevlike streams in the Negev
5may those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.Those who sowed with tears, will reap with rejoicing.Those who were sowing with tears, harvest with songs
6Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves.he who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.on leaving he went weeping carrying the seed, on returnings he comes back singing bringing his sheaves.


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