Psalm 137:5
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!

Berean Study Bible
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand cease to function.

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.

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

Contemporary English Version
Jerusalem, if I forget you, let my right hand go limp.

Good News Translation
May I never be able to play the harp again if I forget you, Jerusalem!

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!

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

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 .

Brenton Septuagint Translation
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its 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!
Study Bible
By the Rivers of Babylon
4How can we sing a song of the LORD in a foreign land? 5If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand cease to function. 6May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not exalt Jerusalem as my greatest joy!…
Cross References
Isaiah 65:11
But you who forsake the LORD, who forget My holy mountain, who set a table for Fortune and fill bowls of 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 as my greatest joy!

Treasury of Scripture

If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

I forget

Psalm 84:1,2,10
To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm for the sons of Korah. How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! …

Psalm 102:13,14
Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come…

Psalm 122:5-9
For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David…

let my right

Zechariah 11:17
Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword shall be upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.







Lexicon
If
אִֽם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 518: Lo!, whether?, if, although, Oh that!, when, not

I forget you,
אֶשְׁכָּחֵ֥ךְ (’eš·kā·ḥêḵ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular | second person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7911: To mislay, to be oblivious of, from want of memory, attention

O Jerusalem,
יְֽרוּשָׁלִָ֗ם (yə·rū·šā·lim)
Noun - proper - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3389: Jerusalem -- probably 'foundation of peace', capital city of all Israel

may my right hand
יְמִינִֽי׃ (yə·mî·nî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's Hebrew 3225: The right hand, side, the south

cease to function.
תִּשְׁכַּ֥ח (tiš·kaḥ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7911: To mislay, to be oblivious of, from want of memory, attention
(5) Her cunning--i.e., the skill of playing on the harp. If at such a moment the poet can so far forget the miserable bondage of Jerusalem as to strike the strings in joy, may his hand for ever lose the skill to touch them.

Verse 5. - If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning; literally, let my right hand forget; but the words supplied in the Authorized Version are necessary to bring out the sense, which is, "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, so far as to desecrate thy sacred songs by making them an entertainment for the heathen, may I never have power to strike a note again!" 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.
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