Psalm 137:5
Parallel Verses
New International Version
If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill.

New Living Translation
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget how to play the harp.

English Standard Version
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill!

New American Standard Bible
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, May my right hand forget her skill.

King James Bible
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill.

International Standard Version
If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand cease to function.

NET Bible
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand be crippled!

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If I forget you, oh, Jerusalem, let my right hand forget me!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If I forget you, Jerusalem, let my right hand forget [how to play the lyre].

JPS Tanakh 1917
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget her cunning.

New American Standard 1977
If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
            May my right hand forget her skill.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, my right hand shall be forgotten.

King James 2000 Bible
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its cunning.

American King James Version
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

American Standard Version
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget her skill .

Douay-Rheims Bible
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand be forgotten.

Darby Bible Translation
If I forget thee, Jerusalem, let my right hand forget [its skill];

English Revised Version
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

Webster's Bible Translation
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her skill.

World English Bible
If I forget you, Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill.

Young's Literal Translation
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, my right hand forgetteth!
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
137:5-9 What we love, we love to think of. Those that rejoice in God, for his sake make Jerusalem their joy. They stedfastly resolved to keep up this affection. When suffering, we should recollect with godly sorrow our forfeited mercies, and our sins by which we lost them. If temporal advantages ever render a profession, the worst calamity has befallen him. Far be it from us to avenge ourselves; we will leave it to Him who has said, Vengeance is mine. Those that are glad at calamities, especially at the calamities of Jerusalem, shall not go unpunished. We cannot pray for promised success to the church of God without looking to, though we do not utter a prayer for, the ruin of her enemies. But let us call to mind to whose grace and finished salvation alone it is, that we have any hopes of being brought home to the heavenly Jerusalem.
Study Bible
By the Rivers of Babylon
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. 6May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth If I do not remember you, If I do not exalt Jerusalem Above my chief joy.…
Cross References
Isaiah 65:11
"But you who forsake the LORD, Who forget My holy mountain, Who set a table for Fortune, And who fill cups with mixed wine for Destiny,

Psalm 137:6
May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth If I do not remember you, If I do not exalt Jerusalem Above my chief joy.
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