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Psalm 137:1-6 MSG/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Alongside Babylon's rivers we sat on the banks; we cried and cried, remembering the good old days in Zion. 1 By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion.
2 Alongside the quaking aspens we stacked our unplayed harps; 2 There on the poplars we hung our harps,
3 That's where our captors demanded songs, sarcastic and mocking: "Sing us a happy Zion song!" 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 Oh, how could we ever sing God's song in this wasteland? 4 How can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a foreign land?
5 If I ever forget you, Jerusalem, let my fingers wither and fall off like leaves. 5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget [its skill].
6 Let my tongue swell and turn black if I fail to remember you, If I fail, O dear Jerusalem, to honor you as my greatest. 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.