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.

King James Bible
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

New King James Version
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget its skill!

New American Standard Bible
If I forget you, Jerusalem, May my right hand forget its skill.

NASB 1995
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, May my right hand forget her skill.

NASB 1977
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, May my right hand forget her skill.

Amplified Bible
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget [her skill with the harp].

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

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

American Standard Version
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget her skill .

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
If I forget you, oh, Jerusalem, let my right hand forget me!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill.

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

Douay-Rheims Bible
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand be forgotten.

English Revised Version
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.

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

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If I forget you, Jerusalem, let my right hand forget [how to play the lyre].

International Standard Version
If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand cease to function.

JPS Tanakh 1917
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget her cunning.

Literal Standard Version
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, my right hand forgets!

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 be forgotten.

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!

Additional Translations ...
Context
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.









(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!"

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
If
אִֽם־ (’im-)
Conjunction
Strong's 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 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 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 3225: The right hand, side, the south

cease to function.
תִּשְׁכַּ֥ח (tiš·kaḥ)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 7911: To mislay, to be oblivious of, from want of memory, attention


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