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Psalm 137

Lament over the Destruction of Jerusalem

1

By the rivers of Babylon—

there we sat down and there we wept

when we remembered Zion.

2

On the willows there

we hung up our harps.

3

For there our captors

asked us for songs,

and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying,

“Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

 

4

How could we sing the Lord’s song

in a foreign land?

5

If I forget you, O Jerusalem,

let my right hand wither!

6

Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth,

if I do not remember you,

if I do not set Jerusalem

above my highest joy.

 

7

Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites

the day of Jerusalem’s fall,

how they said, “Tear it down! Tear it down!

Down to its foundations!”

8

O daughter Babylon, you devastator!

Happy shall they be who pay you back

what you have done to us!

9

Happy shall they be who take your little ones

and dash them against the rock!


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