1 By the rivers of Babylon, we sat down and cried as we remembered Zion. 2 We hung our lyres on willow trees. 3 It was there that those who had captured us demanded that we sing. Those who guarded us wanted us to entertain them. They said, “Sing a song from Zion for us!”
4 How could we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? 5 If I forget you, Jerusalem, let my right hand forget how to play the lyre. 6 Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I don’t remember you, if I don’t consider Jerusalem my highest joy.
7 O Lord, remember the people of Edom. Remember what they did the day Jerusalem was captured. They said, “Tear it down! Tear it down to its foundation.” 8 You destructive people of Babylon, blessed is the one who pays you back with the same treatment you gave us. 9 Blessed is the one who grabs your little children and smashes them against a rock.
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