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Psalm 137

English Standard Version

1 By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. 2 On the willows[1] there we hung up our lyres. 3 For there our captors required of us songs, and our tormentors, mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” 4 How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? (Ne 2:3) 5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill! (Ps 76:5) 6 Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy! (Job 29:10; Eze 3:26) 7 Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites the day of Jerusalem, how they said, “Lay it bare, lay it bare, down to its foundations!” (Job 18:20; Isa 34:5; Jer 49:7; La 4:21; Eze 25:12; Eze 35:2; Am 1:11; Ob 1:8; Hab 3:13; Zep 2:14) 8 O daughter of Babylon, doomed to be destroyed, blessed shall he be who repays you with what you have done to us! (Ps 28:4; Isa 13:1; Isa 21:9; Isa 47:1; Jer 25:12; Jer 50:1; Jer 51:1; Jer 51:24; Jer 51:56) 9 Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock! (2Ki 8:12; Isa 13:16; Ho 10:14; Na 3:10)