An Experience of the Captivity.

1 By the 1rivers of Babylon, There we sat down and 2wept, When we remembered Zion.

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2 Upon the 3willows in the midst of it We 4hung our harps.

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      3 For there our captors 5demanded of us songs, And 6our tormentors mirth, saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion."

      References for Psalms 137:3

        • c 137:3 - Lit "asked"
        • d 137:3 - Lit "words of song"
          4 How can we sing 7the LORD'S song In a foreign land?

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          5 If I 8forget you, O Jerusalem, May my right hand forget her skill.

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            • e 137:5 - I.e. become lame
              6 May my 9tongue cling to the roof of my mouth If I do not remember you, If I do not 10exalt Jerusalem Above my chief joy.

              References for Psalms 137:6

                • f 137:6 - Lit "cause to ascend"
                  7 Remember, O LORD, against the sons of 11Edom The day of Jerusalem, Who said, "Raze it, raze it 12To its very foundation."
                  8 O daughter of Babylon, you 13devastated one, How blessed will be the one who 14repays you With the recompense with which you have repaid us.

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                    • g 137:8 - Or "devastator"
                    • h 137:8 - Lit "your recompense"
                      9 How blessed will be the one who seizes and 15dashes your little ones Against the rock.

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