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Psalm 137 (Lexham English Bible)

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Lament During the Babylonian Exile

1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat, yes, we wept, when we remembered Zion. 2 On [the] willowsa in her midst, we hung up our lyres. 3 For there our captors asked of us words of a song, and our tormentorsb [asked of us] jubilation, "Sing for us from a song of Zion." 4 How could we sing the song of Yahweh in {a foreign land}?c 5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget.d 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}.e 9 Happy [shall be he] who seizes and smashes your children against the rock.
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