Psalm 137:6
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New International Version
May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy.

New Living Translation
May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I fail to remember you, if I don't make Jerusalem my greatest joy.

English Standard Version
Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy!

New American Standard Bible
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.

King James Bible
If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not exalt Jerusalem as my greatest joy!

International Standard Version
May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I don't remember you, if I don't consider Jerusalem to be more important than my highest joy.

NET Bible
May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, and do not give Jerusalem priority over whatever gives me the most joy.

New Heart English Bible
Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you; if I do not prefer Jerusalem above my chief joy.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And let my tongue cleave to the roof of my palate, unless I remember you, unless I shall go up to Jerusalem, my chief joy!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I don't remember you, if I don't consider Jerusalem my highest joy.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, If I remember thee not; If I set not Jerusalem Above my chiefest joy.

New American Standard 1977
May my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth,
            If I do not remember you,
            If I do not exalt Jerusalem
            Above my chief joy.

Jubilee Bible 2000
If I do not remember thee, my tongue shall cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I do not prefer to lift up Jerusalem as my chief joy.

King James 2000 Bible
If I do not remember you, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

American King James Version
If I do not remember you, let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

American Standard Version
Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, If I remember thee not; If I prefer not Jerusalem Above my chief joy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let my tongue cleave to my jaws, if I do not remember thee: If I make not Jerusalem the beginning of my joy.

Darby Bible Translation
If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to my palate: if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

English Revised Version
Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I remember thee not; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

Webster's Bible Translation
If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

World English Bible
Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I don't remember you; if I don't prefer Jerusalem above my chief joy.

Young's Literal Translation
My tongue doth cleave to my palate, If I do not remember thee, If I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy.
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
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. 7Remember, O LORD, against the sons of Edom The day of Jerusalem, Who said, "Raze it, raze it To its very foundation."…
Cross References
Nehemiah 2:3
I said to the king, "Let the king live forever. Why should my face not be sad when the city, the place of my fathers' tombs, lies desolate and its gates have been consumed by fire?"

Job 29:10
The voice of the nobles was hushed, And their tongue stuck to their palate.

Psalm 22:15
My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And my tongue cleaves to my jaws; And You lay me in the dust of death.

Isaiah 66:10
"Be joyful with Jerusalem and rejoice for her, all you who love her; Be exceedingly glad with her, all you who mourn over her,

Jeremiah 51:50
You who have escaped the sword, Depart! Do not stay! Remember the LORD from afar, And let Jerusalem come to your mind.

Ezekiel 3:26
"Moreover, I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth so that you will be mute and cannot be a man who rebukes them, for they are a rebellious house.
Treasury of Scripture

If I do not remember you, let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

let my tongue

Psalm 22:15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue sticks to …

Isaiah 41:17 When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their …

Lamentations 4:4 The tongue of the sucking child sticks to the roof of his mouth for …

Ezekiel 3:26 And I will make your tongue sticks to the roof of your mouth, that …

if I prefer

Psalm 84:10 For a day in your courts is better than a thousand. I had rather …

Matthew 6:33 But seek you first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and …

Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear to …

Philippians 1:20 According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing …

1 Thessalonians 3:7-9 Therefore, brothers, we were comforted over you in all our affliction …

my chief joy. Heb. the head of my joy

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