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Psalm 137 Expanded Bible (EXB)

Israelites in Captivity

137 By the rivers in Babylon we sat and ·cried [wept; C during the Babylonian exile]
    when we remembered ·Jerusalem [L Zion; C the location of the Temple].
On the ·poplar [or willow] trees nearby
    we hung our harps.
·Those who captured us [Our captors] asked us to sing;
    our ·enemies [oppressors] wanted happy songs.
They said, “Sing us a song about ·Jerusalem [L Zion; C the location of the Temple]!”

But we cannot sing songs about the Lord
    while we are in this foreign ·country [land]!
Jerusalem, if I forget you,
    let my right hand ·lose its skill [L forget; C its skill of playing a musical instrument].
Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth
    if I do not remember you,
if I do not ·think about Jerusalem
    as my greatest joy [or go up to Jerusalem with joy on my head].

Lord, remember ·what the Edomites did [L the sons of Edom]
    on the day ·Jerusalem fell [L of Jerusalem; Lam. 4:21; Ezek. 25:12–14; 35:5–15; Obad. 11–14].
They said, “Tear it down!
    Tear it down to its foundations!”

·People [L Daughter] of Babylon, you will be destroyed.
    The people who pay you back for what you did to us will be ·happy [blessed].
They will grab your ·babies [little ones]
    and throw them against the rocks.

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Psalm 137 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 137

By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept
    when we remembered Zion.
There on the poplars
    we hung our harps,
for there our captors asked us for songs,
    our tormentors demanded songs of joy;
    they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

How can we sing the songs of the Lord
    while in a foreign land?
If I forget you, Jerusalem,
    may my right hand forget its skill.
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.

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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