Psalm 137 NIRV/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 We were sitting by the rivers of Babylon. We cried when we remembered what had happened to Zion. 1 By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.
2 On the nearby poplar trees we hung up our harps. 2 There on the poplars we hung our harps,
3 Those who held us as prisoners asked us to sing. Those who enjoyed hurting us ordered us to sing joyful songs. They said, "Sing one of the songs of Zion to 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 can we sing the songs of the LORD while we are in another land? 4 How can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a foreign land?
5 Jerusalem, if I forget you, may my right hand never be able to play the harp again. 5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget [its skill].
6 If I don't remember you, may my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth so I can't sing. May it happen if I don't consider Jerusalem to be my greatest 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 Lord, remember what the people of Edom did on the day Jerusalem fell. "Tear it down!" they cried. "Tear it down to the ground!" 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 People of Babylon, you are sentenced to be destroyed. Happy are those who pay you back for 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 are those who grab your babies and smash them against the rocks. 9 he who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.