1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
2 We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.
3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.* a song: Heb. the words of a song† wasted…: Heb. laid us on heaps
4 How shall we sing the LORD’s song in a strange land?‡ strange…: Heb. land of a stranger?
5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
6 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.§ my chief…: Heb. the head of my joy
7 Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.** Rase it: Heb. Make bare
8 O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.†† destroyed: Heb. wasted‡‡ rewardeth…: Heb. recompenseth unto thee thy deed which thou didst to us
9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.§§ the stones: Heb. the rock
*137.3 a song: Heb. the words of a song
†137.3 wasted…: Heb. laid us on heaps
‡137.4 strange…: Heb. land of a stranger?
§137.6 my chief…: Heb. the head of my joy
**137.7 Rase it: Heb. Make bare
††137.8 destroyed: Heb. wasted
‡‡137.8 rewardeth…: Heb. recompenseth unto thee thy deed which thou didst to us
§§137.9 the stones: Heb. the rock
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