Compare Translations for Psalm 137:5

Psalm 137:5 ASV
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget [her skill].
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Psalm 137:5 BBE
If I keep not your memory, O Jerusalem, let not my right hand keep the memory of its art.
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Psalm 137:5 CEB
Jerusalem! If I forget you, let my strong hand wither!
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Psalm 137:5 CJB
If I forget you, Yerushalayim, may my right hand wither away!
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Psalm 137:5 RHE
(136-5) If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand be forgotten.
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Psalm 137:5 ESV
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill!
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Psalm 137:5 GW
If I forget you, Jerusalem, let my right hand forget [how to play the lyre].
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Psalm 137:5 GNT
May I never be able to play the harp again if I forget you, Jerusalem!
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Psalm 137:5 HNV
If I forget you, Yerushalayim, Let my right hand forget its skill.
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Psalm 137:5 CSB
If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget [its skill].
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Psalm 137:5 KJV
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
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Psalm 137:5 LEB
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget.
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Psalm 137:5 NAS
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, May my right hand forget her skill.
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Psalm 137:5 NCV
Jerusalem, if I forget you, let my right hand lose its skill.
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Psalm 137:5 NIRV
Jerusalem, if I forget you, may my right hand never be able to play the harp again.
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Psalm 137:5 NIV
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget [its skill].
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Psalm 137:5 NKJV
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget its skill!
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Psalm 137:5 NLT
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill upon the harp.
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Psalm 137:5 NRS
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither!
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Psalm 137:5 RSV
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither!
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Psalm 137:5 DBY
If I forget thee, Jerusalem, let my right hand forget [its skill];
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Psalm 137:5 MSG
If I ever forget you, Jerusalem, let my fingers wither and fall off like leaves.
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Psalm 137:5 WBT
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget [her skill].
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Psalm 137:5 TMB
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cleverness.
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Psalm 137:5 TNIV
If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill.
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Psalm 137:5 WEB
If I forget you, Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget its skill.
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Psalm 137:5 WYC
If I forget thee, Jerusalem; my right hand be given to forgetting. (Yea, if I forget thee, Jerusalem; may my right hand forget how to play my harp/may my right hand wither away.)
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Psalm 137:5 YLT
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, my right hand forgetteth!
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Psalms 137 Commentary - Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Concise)

Chapter 137

The Jews bewail their captivity. (1-4) Their affection for Jerusalem. (5-9)

Verses 1-4 Their enemies had carried the Jews captive from their own land. To complete their woes, they insulted over them; they required of them mirth and a song. This was very barbarous; also profane, for no songs would serve but the songs of Zion. Scoffers are not to be compiled with. They do not say, How shall we sing, when we are so much in sorrow? but, It is the Lord's song, therefore we dare not sing it among idolaters.

Verses 5-9 What we love, we love to think of. Those that rejoice in God, for his sake make Jerusalem their joy. They stedfastly resolved to keep up this affection. When suffering, we should recollect with godly sorrow our forfeited mercies, and our sins by which we lost them. If temporal advantages ever render a profession, the worst calamity has befallen him. Far be it from us to avenge ourselves; we will leave it to Him who has said, Vengeance is mine. Those that are glad at calamities, especially at the calamities of Jerusalem, shall not go unpunished. We cannot pray for promised success to the church of God without looking to, though we do not utter a prayer for, the ruin of her enemies. But let us call to mind to whose grace and finished salvation alone it is, that we have any hopes of being brought home to the heavenly Jerusalem.

Psalms 137 Commentary - Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

PSALM 137

Psalms 137:1-9 . This Psalm records the mourning of the captive Israelites, and a prayer and prediction respecting the destruction of their enemies.

1. rivers of Babylon--the name of the city used for the whole country.
remembered Zion--or, Jerusalem, as in Psalms 132:13 .

2. upon the willows--which may have grown there then, if not now; as the palm, which was once common, is now rare in Palestine.

3, 4. Whether the request was in curiosity or derision, the answer intimates that a compliance was incongruous with their mournful feelings ( Proverbs 25:20 ).

5, 6. For joyful songs would imply forgetfulness of their desolated homes and fallen Church. The solemn imprecations on the hand and tongue, if thus forgetful, relate to the cunning or skill in playing, and the power of singing.

7-9. Remember . . . the children of Edom--(Compare Psalms 132:1 ), that is, to punish.
the day of Jerusalem--its downfall ( Lamentations 4:21 Lamentations 4:22 , Obadiah 1:11-13 ).

8. daughter of Babylon--the people ( Psalms 9:13 ). Their destruction had been abundantly foretold ( Isaiah 13:14 , Jeremiah 51:23 ). For the terribleness of that destruction, God's righteous judgment, and not the passions of the chafed Israelites, was responsible.