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Psalm 137 - Lament over the Destruction of Jerusalem

By the rivers of Babylon— there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion. On the willows[a] there we hung up our harps. For there our captors asked us for songs, and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”


4 How could we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? 5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither! 6 Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.


Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites the day of Jerusalem’s fall, how they said, “Tear it down! Tear it down! Down to its foundations!” O daughter Babylon, you devastator![b] Happy shall they be who pay you back what you have done to us! 9 Happy shall they be who take your little ones and dash them against the rock!


Footnotes

a. Psalm 137:2 Or poplars

b. Psalm 137:8 Or you who are devastated


New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

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