Lament During the Babylonian Exile

1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat, yes, we wept, when we remembered Zion.

References for Psalms 137:1

      2 On [the] willows in her midst, we hung up our lyres.

      References for Psalms 137:2

        • a 137:2 - Species of tree uncertain
          3 For there our captors asked of us words of a song, and our tormentors [asked of us] jubilation, "Sing for us from a song of Zion."

          References for Psalms 137:3

            • b 137:3 - Only occurring once in the MT, this interpretation is uncertain. The LXX's "carried us captive" is a guess. If related to the Hebrew root yll it might have the idea of "mockers/yammerers"
              4 How could we sing the song of Yahweh in {a foreign land}?

              References for Psalms 137:4

                • c 137:4 - Literally "a land of a foreigner"
                  5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget.

                  References for Psalms 137:5

                    • d 137:5 - That is, how to play a musical instrument
                      6 Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if do not I exalt Jerusalem above my highest joy.
                      7 Remember, O Yahweh, against the sons of Edom the day of Jerusalem, the ones who said, "Lay [it] bare! Lay [it] bare to its foundation!"
                      8 O daughter of Babylon, about to be devastated, happy [shall be he] who pays back to you {what you paid out to us}.

                      References for Psalms 137:8

                        • e 137:8 - Literally "[with] what you treated us"
                          9 Happy [shall be he] who seizes and smashes your children against the rock.