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Psalm 137 BBE/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 By the rivers of Babylon we were seated, weeping at the memory of Zion, 1 By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.
2 Hanging our instruments of music on the trees by the waterside. 2 There on the poplars we hung our harps,
3 For there those who had taken us prisoners made request for a song; and those who had taken away all we had gave us orders to be glad, saying, Give 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 may we give the Lord's song in a strange land? 4 How can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a foreign land?
5 If I keep not your memory, O Jerusalem, let not my right hand keep the memory of its art. 5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget [its skill].
6 If I let you go out of my thoughts, and if I do not put Jerusalem before my greatest joy, let my tongue be fixed to the roof of my mouth. 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 O Lord, keep in mind against the children of Edom the day of Jerusalem; how they said, Let it be uncovered, uncovered even to its base. 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, whose fate is destruction; happy is the man who does to you what you have done to us. 8 O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us--
9 Happy is the man who takes your little ones, crushing them against the rocks. 9 he who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.