Psalm 137 ASV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept, When we remembered Zion. 1 By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.
2 Upon the willows in the midst thereof We hanged up our harps. 2 There on the poplars we hung our harps,
3 For there they that led us captive required of us songs, And they that wasted us [required of us] mirth, [saying], Sing us one of the songs of Zion. 3 for there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy; they said, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!"
4 How shall we sing Jehovah's song In a foreign land? 4 How can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a foreign land?
5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget [her skill]. 5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget [its skill].
6 Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, If I remember thee not; If I prefer not Jerusalem Above my chief joy. 6 May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy.
7 Remember, O Jehovah, against the children of Edom The day of Jerusalem; Who said, Rase it, rase it, Even to the foundation thereof. 7 Remember, O LORD, what the Edomites did on the day Jerusalem fell. "Tear it down," they cried, "tear it down to its foundations!"
8 O daughter of Babylon, that art to be destroyed, Happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee As thou hast served us. 8 O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us--
9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones Against the rock. 9 he who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.