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Psalm 137

MSG 1 Alongside Babylon's rivers we sat on the banks; we cried and cried, remembering the good old days in Zion. NIV 1 By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. MSG 2 Alongside the quaking aspens we stacked our unplayed harps; NIV 2 There on the poplars we hung our harps, MSG 3 That's where our captors demanded songs, sarcastic and mocking: "Sing us a happy Zion song!" NIV 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!" MSG 4 Oh, how could we ever sing God's song in this wasteland? NIV 4 How can we sing the songs of the LORD while in a foreign land? MSG 5 If I ever forget you, Jerusalem, let my fingers wither and fall off like leaves. NIV 5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget [its skill]. MSG 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. NIV 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. MSG 7 God, remember those Edomites, and remember the ruin of Jerusalem, That day they yelled out, "Wreck it, smash it to bits!" NIV 7 Remember, O LORD, what the Edomites did on the day Jerusalem fell. "Tear it down," they cried, "tear it down to its foundations!" MSG 8 And you, Babylonians - ravagers! A reward to whoever gets back at you for all you've done to us; NIV 8 O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is he who repays you for what you have done to us-- MSG 9 Yes, a reward to the one who grabs your babies and smashes their heads on the rocks! NIV 9 he who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.