Psalm 137 RSV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. 1 By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.
2 On the willows there we hung up our lyres. 2 There on the poplars we hung our harps,
3 For there our captors required of us songs, and our tormentors, 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 the LORD'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 you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither! 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 do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest 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 LORD, against the E'domites the day of Jerusalem, how they said, "Rase it, rase it! Down to its foundations!" 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, you devastator! Happy shall he be who requites you with 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 shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock! 9 he who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.