Psalm 137:4
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New International Version
How can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a foreign land?

New Living Translation
But how can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a pagan land?

English Standard Version
How shall we sing the LORD’s song in a foreign land?

New American Standard Bible
How can we sing the LORD'S song In a foreign land?

King James Bible
How shall we sing the LORD'S song in a strange land?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
How can we sing the LORD's song on foreign soil?

International Standard Version
How are we to sing the song of the LORD on foreign soil?

NET Bible
How can we sing a song to the LORD in a foreign land?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
How will we sing to you the praises of Lord Jehovah in a foreign land?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
How could we sing the LORD's song in a foreign land?

JPS Tanakh 1917
How shall we sing the LORD'S song In a foreign land?

New American Standard 1977
How can we sing the LORD’s song
            In a foreign land?

Jubilee Bible 2000
How shall we sing the song of the LORD in the land of strangers?

King James 2000 Bible
How shall we sing the LORD'S song in a foreign land?

American King James Version
How shall we sing the LORD's song in a strange land?

American Standard Version
How shall we sing Jehovah's song In a foreign land?

Douay-Rheims Bible
How shall we sing the song of the Lord in a strange land?

Darby Bible Translation
How should we sing a song of Jehovah's upon a foreign soil?

English Revised Version
How shall we sing the LORD'S song in a strange land?

Webster's Bible Translation
How shall we sing the LORD'S song in a foreign land?

World English Bible
How can we sing Yahweh's song in a foreign land?

Young's Literal Translation
How do we sing the song of Jehovah, On the land of a stranger?
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
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? 5If I forget you, O Jerusalem, May my right hand forget her skill.…
Cross References
2 Chronicles 29:27
Then Hezekiah gave the order to offer the burnt offering on the altar. When the burnt offering began, the song to the LORD also began with the trumpets, accompanied by the instruments of David, king of Israel.

Nehemiah 12:46
For in the days of David and Asaph, in ancient times, there were leaders of the singers, songs of praise and hymns of thanksgiving to God.
Treasury of Scripture

How shall we sing the LORD's song in a strange land?

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Ecclesiastes 3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Isaiah 22:12 And in that day did the Lord GOD of hosts call to weeping, and to …

Lamentations 5:14,15 The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their music…

Hosea 9:4 They shall not offer wine offerings to the LORD, neither shall they …

Amos 8:3 And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day, said the …

strange land. Heb. land of a stranger

Isaiah 49:21 Then shall you say in your heart, Who has begotten me these, seeing …

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