Psalm 137:3
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New International Version
for there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy; they said, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!"

New Living Translation
For our captors demanded a song from us. Our tormentors insisted on a joyful hymn: "Sing us one of those songs of Jerusalem!"

English Standard Version
For there our captors required of us songs, and our tormentors, mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

New American Standard Bible
For there our captors demanded of us songs, And our tormentors mirth, saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion."

King James Bible
For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
for our captors there asked us for songs, and our tormentors, for rejoicing:" Sing us one of the songs of Zion."

International Standard Version
for it was there that our captors asked us for songs and our torturers demanded joy from us, "Sing us one of the songs about Zion!"

NET Bible
for there our captors ask us to compose songs; those who mock us demand that we be happy, saying: "Sing for us a song about Zion!"

New Heart English Bible
For there, those who led us captive asked us for songs. Those who tormented us demanded songs of joy: "Sing us one of the songs of Zion."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Because there they asked and they wanted the words of songs, and those leading us said to us, “Sing to us of the songs of Zion.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
It was there that those who had captured us demanded that we sing. Those who guarded us wanted us to entertain them. [They said,] "Sing a song from Zion for us!"

JPS Tanakh 1917
For there they that led us captive asked of us words of song, And our tormentors asked of us mirth: 'Sing us one of the songs of Zion.'

New American Standard 1977
For there our captors demanded of us songs,
            And our tormentors mirth, saying,
            “Sing us one of the songs of Zion.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
when there, those that carried us away captive asked us for the words of the song; with our harps of joy hung upon the willows saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.

King James 2000 Bible
For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.

American King James Version
For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.

American Standard Version
For there they that led us captive required of us songs, And they that wasted us required of us mirth,'saying , Sing us one of the songs of Zion.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For there they that led us into captivity required of us the words of songs. And they that carried us away, said: Sing ye to us a hymn of the songs of Sion.

Darby Bible Translation
For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that made us wail [required] mirth, [saying,] Sing us [one] of the songs of Zion.

English Revised Version
For there they that led us captive required of us songs, and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.

Webster's Bible Translation
For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.

World English Bible
For there, those who led us captive asked us for songs. Those who tormented us demanded songs of joy: "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!"

Young's Literal Translation
For there our captors asked us the words of a song, And our spoilers -- joy: 'Sing ye to us of a song of Zion.'
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
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." 4How can we sing the LORD'S song In a foreign land?…
Cross References
Psalm 80:6
You make us an object of contention to our neighbors, And our enemies laugh among themselves.

Isaiah 49:17
"Your builders hurry; Your destroyers and devastators Will depart from you.
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