137 By the rivers in Babylon we sat and cried when we remembered Jerusalem. 2 On the poplar trees nearby we hung our harps. 3 Those who captured us asked us to sing. Our enemies wanted happy songs. They said, “Sing us a Temple song from Jerusalem!”
4 But we cannot sing songs about the Lord while we are in this foreign country! 5 Jerusalem, if I forget you, let my right hand lose its skill. 6 Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you. Let these things happen if I do not think about Jerusalem as my greatest joy.
7 Lord, remember what the Edomites did on the day Jerusalem fell. They said, “Tear it down! Tear it down to its foundations!”
8 People of Babylon, you will be destroyed. The people who pay you back will be happy. They will punish you for what you did to us. 9 They will grab your babies and throw them against the rocks.
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