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Psalm 137:1-3 Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

Psalm 137

Beside the Rivers of Babylon

Sorrow for Jerusalem

Beside the rivers[a] of Babylon,
there we sat, and, yes, we wept as we remembered Zion.
There we hung up our lyres on the willows,
because there our captors asked us for words of a song,
and our tormentors asked for a happy song:
“Sing for us one of the songs of Zion!”


  1. Psalm 137:1 Many of the rivers were in fact canals running off the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers.
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Psalm 137:1-3 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!”

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