Try out the new Click here!

Psalm 137 GW/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

GOD'S WORD Translation (GW) New International Version (NIV)
1 By the rivers of Babylon, we sat down and cried as we remembered Zion. 1 By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.
2 We hung our lyres on willow trees. 2 There on the poplars we hung our harps,
3 It was there that those who had captured us demanded that we sing. Those who guarded us wanted us to entertain them. [They said,] "Sing a song from Zion for us!" 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 could 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, Jerusalem, let my right hand forget [how to play the lyre]. 5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget [its skill].
6 Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I don't remember you, if I don't consider Jerusalem 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 O LORD, remember the people of Edom. Remember what they did the day Jerusalem [was captured]. They said, "Tear it down! Tear it down to its foundation." 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 You destructive people of Babylon, blessed is the one who pays you back with the same treatment you gave us. 8 O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us--
9 Blessed is the one who grabs your little children and smashes them against a rock. 9 he who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.