Psalm 137:1-6 LEB

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] willowsa in her midst, we hung up our lyres.

      References for Psalms 137:2

        • Ҋ 137:2 - Species of tree uncertain
          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."

          References for Psalms 137:3

            • ҋ 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}?c

              References for Psalms 137:4

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

                  References for Psalms 137:5

                    • ҍ 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.