1 A Canticle in steps. When the Lord turned back the captivity of Zion, we became like those who are consoled.
2 Then our mouth was filled with gladness and our tongue with exultation. Then they will say among the nations: "The Lord has done great things for them."
3 The Lord has done great things for us. We have become joyful.
4 Convert our captivity, O Lord, like a torrent in the south.
5 Those who sow in tears shall reap in exultation.
6 When departing, they went forth and wept, sowing their seeds.
7 For thus says the Lord: "Exult in the joy of Jacob, and neigh before the head of the Gentiles. Shout, and sing, and say: 'O Lord, save your people, the remnant of Israel!'
8 Behold, I will lead them from the land of the north, and I will gather them from the ends of the earth. Among them will be the blind and the lame, she who is with child, together with she who is giving birth: a great assembly returning to this place.
9 They will approach with weeping. And I will lead them back with mercy. And I will lead them through the torrents of water, by an upright way, and they will not stumble in it. For I have become Father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn."
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