Psalm 137
English Standard VersionNew American Standard Bible 1995
1By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion.1By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down and wept, When we remembered Zion.
2On the willows there we hung up our lyres.2Upon the willows in the midst of it We hung our harps.
3For there our captors required of us songs, and our tormentors, mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”3For there our captors demanded of us songs, And our tormentors mirth, saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion."
4How shall we sing the LORD’s song in a foreign land?4How can we sing the LORD'S song In a foreign land?
5If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill!5If I forget you, O Jerusalem, May my right hand forget her skill.
6Let 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!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 Edomites the day of Jerusalem, how they said, “Lay it bare, lay it bare, down to its foundations!”7Remember, O LORD, against the sons of Edom The day of Jerusalem, Who said, "Raze it, raze it To its very foundation."
8O daughter of Babylon, doomed to be destroyed, blessed shall he be who repays you with what you have done to us!8O daughter of Babylon, you devastated one, How blessed will be the one who repays you With the recompense with which you have repaid us.
9Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock!9How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones Against the rock.
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