Good News Translation
A Lament of Israelites in Exile
1By the rivers of Babylon we sat down;
there we wept when we remembered Zion.
2On the willows near by
we hung up our harps.
3Those who captured us told us to sing;
they told us to entertain them:
“Sing us a song about Zion.”
4How can we sing a song to the Lord
in a foreign land?
5May I never be able to play the harp again
if I forget you, Jerusalem!
6May I never be able to sing again
if I do not remember you,
if I do not think of you as my greatest joy!
7Remember, Lord, what the Edomites did
the day Jerusalem was captured.
Remember how they kept saying,
“Tear it down to the ground!”
Happy are those who pay you back
for what you have done to us—
9who take your babies
and smash them against a rock.
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