137 Beside the rivers of Babylon we thought about Jerusalem, and we sat down and cried. 2 We hung our small harps on the willow[a] trees. 3 Our enemies had brought us here as their prisoners, and now they wanted us to sing and entertain them. They insulted us and shouted, “Sing about Zion!”
4 Here in a foreign land, how can we sing about the Lord? 5 Jerusalem, if I forget you, let my right hand go limp. 6 Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I don’t think about you above all else.
7 Our Lord, punish the Edomites! Because the day Jerusalem fell, they shouted, “Completely destroy the city! Tear down every building!”
8 Babylon, you are doomed! I pray the Lord’s blessings on anyone who punishes you for what you did to us. 9 May the Lord bless everyone who beats your children against the rocks!
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