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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?


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Ps 137:1-9. This Psalm records the mourning of the captive Israelites, and a prayer and prediction respecting the destruction of their enemies.

1. rivers of Babylon—the name of the city used for the whole country.

remembered Zion—or, Jerusalem, as in Ps 132:13.

2. upon the willows—which may have grown there then, if not now; as the palm, which was once common, is now rare in Palestine.

3, 4. Whether the request was in curiosity or derision, the answer intimates that a compliance was incongruous with their mournful feelings (Pr 25:20).




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