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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]

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Footnotes

  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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