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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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