New International Version
How can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a foreign land?
King James Bible
How shall we sing the LORD'S song in a strange land?
Darby Bible Translation
How should we sing a song of Jehovah's upon a foreign soil?
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?
Psalm 137:4 Parallel
CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
How shall we sing the Lord's song - איך נשיר eich! nashir; O, we sing! Who does not hear the deep sigh in the strongly guttural sound of the original איך eich! wrung, as it were, from the bottom of the heart? Can We, in this state of slavery, - We, exiles, from our country, We, stripped of all our property, - We, reduced to contempt by our strong enemy, - We, deprived of our religious privileges, - We, insulted by our oppressors, - We, in the land of heathens, - We sing, or be mirthful in these circumstances? No: God does not expect it; man should not wish it; and it is base in our enemies to require it.
Treasury of Scripture Knowledge
strange land. Heb. land of a stranger
LibraryLetter xxii (Circa A. D. 1129) to Simon, Abbot of S. Nicholas
To Simon, Abbot of S. Nicholas Bernard consoles him under the persecution of which he is the object. The most pious endeavours do not always have the desired success. What line of conduct ought to be followed towards his inferiors by a prelate who is desirous of stricter discipline. 1. I have learned with much pain by your letter the persecution that you are enduring for the sake of righteousness, and although the consolation given you by Christ in the promise of His kingdom may suffice amply for …
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux—Some Letters of Saint Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux
Thou Shalt not Commit Adultery.
2 Chronicles 29:27
Hezekiah gave the order to sacrifice the burnt offering on the altar. As the offering began, singing to the LORD began also, accompanied by trumpets and the instruments of David king of Israel.
For long ago, in the days of David and Asaph, there had been directors for the musicians and for the songs of praise and thanksgiving to God.
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