Psalm 137

By the rivers of Babylon(A) we sat and wept(B)
    when we remembered Zion.(C)
There on the poplars(D)
    we hung our harps,(E)
for there our captors(F) asked us for songs,
    our tormentors demanded(G) songs of joy;
    they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”(H)

How can we sing the songs of the Lord(I)
    while in a foreign land?
If I forget you,(J) Jerusalem,
    may my right hand forget its skill.
May my tongue cling to the roof(K) of my mouth
    if I do not remember(L) you,
if I do not consider Jerusalem(M)
    my highest joy.

Remember, Lord, what the Edomites(N) did
    on the day Jerusalem fell.(O)
“Tear it down,” they cried,
    “tear it down to its foundations!”(P)
Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction,(Q)
    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(R) against the rocks.

16 “This is why I weep
    and my eyes overflow with tears.(A)
No one is near to comfort(B) me,
    no one to restore my spirit.
My children are destitute
    because the enemy has prevailed.”(C)

17 Zion stretches out her hands,(D)
    but there is no one to comfort her.
The Lord has decreed for Jacob
    that his neighbors become his foes;(E)
Jerusalem has become
    an unclean(F) thing(G) among them.

18 “The Lord is righteous,(H)
    yet I rebelled(I) against his command.
Listen, all you peoples;
    look on my suffering.(J)
My young men and young women
    have gone into exile.(K)

19 “I called to my allies(L)
    but they betrayed me.
My priests and my elders
    perished(M) in the city
while they searched for food
    to keep themselves alive.

20 “See, Lord, how distressed(N) I am!
    I am in torment(O) within,
and in my heart I am disturbed,(P)
    for I have been most rebellious.(Q)
Outside, the sword bereaves;
    inside, there is only death.(R)

21 “People have heard my groaning,(S)
    but there is no one to comfort me.(T)
All my enemies have heard of my distress;
    they rejoice(U) at what you have done.
May you bring the day(V) you have announced
    so they may become like me.

22 “Let all their wickedness come before you;
    deal with them
as you have dealt with me
    because of all my sins.(W)
My groans(X) are many
    and my heart is faint.”

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Trials and Temptations

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds,(A) because you know that the testing of your faith(B) produces perseverance.(C) Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature(D) and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God,(E) who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.(F) But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt,(G) because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. That person should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Such a person is double-minded(H) and unstable(I) in all they do.

Believers in humble circumstances ought to take pride in their high position.(J) 10 But the rich should take pride in their humiliation—since they will pass away like a wild flower.(K) 11 For the sun rises with scorching heat(L) and withers(M) the plant; its blossom falls and its beauty is destroyed.(N) In the same way, the rich will fade away even while they go about their business.

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  1. James 1:2 The Greek word for brothers and sisters (adelphoi) refers here to believers, both men and women, as part of God’s family; also in verses 16 and 19; and in 2:1, 5, 14; 3:10, 12; 4:11; 5:7, 9, 10, 12, 19.

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