Psalm 137:6
New International Version
May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy.

New Living Translation
May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I fail to remember you, if I don’t make Jerusalem my greatest joy.

English Standard Version
Let 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!

Berean Study Bible
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!

King James Bible
If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

New King James Version
If I do not remember you, Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth— If I do not exalt Jerusalem Above my chief joy.

New American Standard Bible
May 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.

NASB 1995
May 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.

NASB 1977
May my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, If I do not remember you, If I do not exalt Jerusalem Above my chief joy.

Amplified Bible
Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth If I do not remember you, If I do not prefer Jerusalem Above my chief joy.

Christian Standard Bible
May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not exalt Jerusalem as my greatest joy!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not exalt Jerusalem as my greatest joy!

American Standard Version
Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, If I remember thee not; If I prefer not Jerusalem Above my chief joy.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And let my tongue cleave to the roof of my palate, unless I remember you, unless I shall go up to Jerusalem, my chief joy!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
May my tongue cleave to my throat, if I do not remember thee; if I do not prefer Jerusalem as the chief of my joy.

Contemporary English Version
Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I don't think about you above all else.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Let my tongue cleave to my jaws, if I do not remember thee: If I make not Jerusalem the beginning of my joy.

English Revised Version
Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I remember thee not; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

Good News Translation
May I never be able to sing again if I do not remember you, if I do not think of you as my greatest joy!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I don't remember you, if I don't consider Jerusalem my highest joy.

International Standard Version
May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I don't remember you, if I don't consider Jerusalem to be more important than my highest joy.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, If I remember thee not; If I set not Jerusalem Above my chiefest joy.

Literal Standard Version
My tongue cleaves to my palate, If I do not remember you, If I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy.

NET Bible
May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, and do not give Jerusalem priority over whatever gives me the most joy.

New Heart English Bible
Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you; if I do not prefer Jerusalem above my chief joy.

World English Bible
Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I don't remember you; if I don't prefer Jerusalem above my chief joy.

Young's Literal Translation
My tongue doth cleave to my palate, If I do not remember thee, If I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy.

Additional Translations ...
Context
By the Rivers of Babylon
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! 7Remember, O LORD, the sons of Edom on the day Jerusalem fell: “Destroy it,” they said, “tear it down to its foundations!”…

Cross References
Nehemiah 2:3
and replied to the king, "May the king live forever! Why should I not be sad when the city where my fathers are buried lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?"

Job 29:10
The voices of the nobles were hushed, and their tongues stuck to the roofs of their mouths.

Psalm 22:15
My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my tongue sticks to the roof of my mouth. You lay me in the dust of death.

Isaiah 66:10
Be glad for Jerusalem and rejoice over her, all who love her. Rejoice greatly with her, all who mourn over her,

Jeremiah 51:50
You who have escaped the sword, depart and do not linger! Remember the LORD from far away, and let Jerusalem come to mind."

Ezekiel 3:26
I will make your tongue stick to the roof of your mouth, and you will be silent and unable to rebuke them, though they are a rebellious house.


Treasury of Scripture

If I do not remember you, let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

let my tongue

Psalm 22:15
My strength is dried up like a potsherd; and my tongue cleaveth to my jaws; and thou hast brought me into the dust of death.

Isaiah 41:17
When the poor and needy seek water, and there is none, and their tongue faileth for thirst, I the LORD will hear them, I the God of Israel will not forsake them.

Lamentations 4:4
The tongue of the sucking child cleaveth to the roof of his mouth for thirst: the young children ask bread, and no man breaketh it unto them.

if I prefer

Psalm 84:10
For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

Matthew 6:33
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Acts 20:24
But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.

my chief joy.









Verse 6. - If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth. Let me be deprived of the power of song. What was wished in the preceding verso with respect to the power of instrumental performance is here wished with respect to the vocal organs. If I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy. This seems to be the true sense, and is equivalent to "If I prefer not Jerusalem above aught else."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
May my tongue
לְשׁוֹנִ֨י ׀ (lə·šō·w·nî)
Noun - common singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 3956: The tongue

cling
תִּדְבַּ֥ק־ (tiḏ·baq-)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person feminine singular
Strong's 1692: To impinge, cling, adhere, to catch by pursuit

to the roof of my mouth
לְחִכִּי֮ (lə·ḥik·kî)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 2441: Palate, roof of the mouth, gums

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

I do not
לֹ֪א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

remember you,
אֶ֫זְכְּרֵ֥כִי (’ez·kə·rê·ḵî)
Verb - Qal - Imperfect - first person common singular | second person feminine singular
Strong's 2142: To mark, to remember, to mention, to be male

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

I do not
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's 3808: Not, no

exalt
אַ֭עֲלֶה (’a·‘ă·leh)
Verb - Hifil - Imperfect - first person common singular
Strong's 5927: To ascend, in, actively

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

as
עַ֝֗ל (‘al)
Preposition
Strong's 5921: Above, over, upon, against

my greatest
רֹ֣אשׁ (rōš)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 7218: The head

joy!
שִׂמְחָתִֽי׃ (śim·ḥā·ṯî)
Noun - feminine singular construct | first person common singular
Strong's 8057: Blithesomeness, glee


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