Psalms 137

An Experience of the Captivity.

1By the a  rivers of Babylon,
There we sat down and b  wept,
When we remembered Zion.
2Upon the
Or poplars
d  willows in the midst of it
We e  hung our
Lit lyres
3For there our captors
Lit asked
h  demanded of us
Lit words of song
And j  our tormentors mirth, saying,
Sing us one of the songs of Zion.”

4How can we sing k  the  Lord’s song
In a foreign land?
5If I l  forget you, O Jerusalem,
May my right hand
I.e. become lame
forget her skill.
6May my n  tongue cling to the roof of my mouth
If I do not remember you,
If I do not
Lit cause to ascend
p  exalt Jerusalem
Above my chief joy.

7Remember, O  Lord, against the sons of q  Edom
The day of Jerusalem,
Who said, “Raze it, raze it
r  To its very foundation.”
8O daughter of Babylon, you
Or devastator
t  devastated one,
How blessed will be the one who u  repays you
Lit your recompense
the recompense with which you have repaid us.
9How blessed will be the one who seizes and w  dashes your little ones
Against the rock.

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