Psalm 137

Lament During the Babylonian Exile

1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat, yes, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
2 On [the] willows in her midst, we hung up our lyres.
3 For there our captors asked of us words of a song, and our tormentors [asked of us] jubilation, "Sing for us from a song of Zion."
4 How could we sing the song of Yahweh in {a foreign land}?
5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget.
6 Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if do not I exalt Jerusalem above my highest joy.
7 Remember, O Yahweh, against the sons of Edom the day of Jerusalem, the ones who said, "Lay [it] bare! Lay [it] bare to its foundation!"
8 O daughter of Babylon, about to be devastated, happy [shall be he] who pays back to you {what you paid out to us}.
9 Happy [shall be he] who seizes and smashes your children against the rock.
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