Psalm 137:2
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New International Version
There on the poplars we hung our harps,

New Living Translation
We put away our harps, hanging them on the branches of poplar trees.

English Standard Version
On the willows there we hung up our lyres.

New American Standard Bible
Upon the willows in the midst of it We hung our harps.

King James Bible
We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
There we hung up our lyres on the poplar trees,

International Standard Version
On the willows there we hung our harps,

NET Bible
On the poplars in her midst we hang our harps,

New Heart English Bible
On the willows in its midst, we hung up our harps.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Upon the willows within it we hung our harps.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
We hung our lyres on willow trees.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Upon the willows in the midst thereof We hanged up our harps.

New American Standard 1977
Upon the willows in the midst of it
            We hung our harps.

Jubilee Bible 2000
We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof;

King James 2000 Bible
We hung our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.

American King James Version
We hanged our harps on the willows in the middle thereof.

American Standard Version
Upon the willows in the midst thereof We hanged up our harps.

Douay-Rheims Bible
On the willows in the midst thereof we hung up our instruments.

Darby Bible Translation
We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.

English Revised Version
Upon the willows in the midst thereof we hanged up our harps.

Webster's Bible Translation
We hung our harps upon the willows in the midst of it.

World English Bible
On the willows in its midst, we hung up our harps.

Young's Literal Translation
On willows in its midst we hung our harps.
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
137:1-4 Their enemies had carried the Jews captive from their own land. To complete their woes, they insulted over them; they required of them mirth and a song. This was very barbarous; also profane, for no songs would serve but the songs of Zion. Scoffers are not to be compiled with. They do not say, How shall we sing, when we are so much in sorrow? but, It is the Lord's song, therefore we dare not sing it among idolaters.
Study Bible
By the Rivers of Babylon
1By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down and wept, When we remembered Zion. 2Upon the willows in the midst of it We hung our harps. 3For there our captors demanded of us songs, And our tormentors mirth, saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion."…
Cross References
Leviticus 23:40
'Now on the first day you shall take for yourselves the foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God for seven days.

Job 30:31
"Therefore my harp is turned to mourning, And my flute to the sound of those who weep.

Isaiah 24:8
The gaiety of tambourines ceases, The noise of revelers stops, The gaiety of the harp ceases.

Isaiah 44:4
And they will spring up among the grass Like poplars by streams of water.'

Ezekiel 26:13
"So I will silence the sound of your songs, and the sound of your harps will be heard no more.
Treasury of Scripture

We hanged our harps on the willows in the middle thereof.

we hanged. Willows were so plentiful at Babylon on the banks of the Euphrates, that Isaiah calls it the brook or river of willows.

Psalm 33:2 Praise the LORD with harp: sing to him with the psaltery and an instrument …

Psalm 81:2 Take a psalm, and bring here the tambourine, the pleasant harp with …

Isaiah 24:8 The mirth of tabrets ceases, the noise of them that rejoice ends, …

Ezekiel 26:13 And I will cause the noise of your songs to cease; and the sound …

Amos 8:10 And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all your songs into …

Revelation 18:22 And the voice of harpers, and musicians, and of pipers, and trumpeters, …

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