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Psalm 137:7-9 New English Translation (NET Bible)

Remember, O Lord, what the Edomites did
on the day Jerusalem fell.[a]
They said, “Tear it down, tear it down,[b]
right to its very foundation!”
O daughter Babylon, soon to be devastated,[c]
how blessed will be the one who repays you
for what you dished out to us.[d]
How blessed will be the one who grabs your babies
and smashes them on a rock.[e]


  1. Psalm 137:7 tn Heb “remember, O Lord, against the sons of Edom, the day of Jerusalem.”
  2. Psalm 137:7 tn Heb “lay [it] bare, lay [it] bare.”
  3. Psalm 137:8 tn Heb “O devastated daughter of Babylon.” The psalmist dramatically anticipates Babylon’s demise.
  4. Psalm 137:8 tn Heb “O the happiness of the one who repays you your wage which you paid to us.”
  5. Psalm 137:9 sn For other references to the wholesale slaughter of babies in the context of ancient Near Eastern warfare, see 2 Kgs 8:12; Isa 13:16; Hos 13:16; Nah 3:10.
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Psalm 137:7-9 New International Version (NIV)

Remember, Lord, what the Edomites did
    on the day Jerusalem fell.
“Tear it down,” they cried,
    “tear it down to its foundations!”
Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction,
    happy is the one who repays you
    according to what you have done to us.
Happy is the one who seizes your infants
    and dashes them against the rocks.

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