Psalm 136

Give thanks(A) to the Lord, for he is good.(B)
His love endures forever.(C)
Give thanks(D) to the God of gods.(E)
His love endures forever.
Give thanks(F) to the Lord of lords:(G)
His love endures forever.

to him who alone does great wonders,(H)
His love endures forever.
who by his understanding(I) made the heavens,(J)
His love endures forever.
who spread out the earth(K) upon the waters,(L)
His love endures forever.
who made the great lights(M)
His love endures forever.
the sun to govern(N) the day,
His love endures forever.
the moon and stars to govern the night;
His love endures forever.

10 to him who struck down the firstborn(O) of Egypt
His love endures forever.
11 and brought Israel out(P) from among them
His love endures forever.
12 with a mighty hand(Q) and outstretched arm;(R)
His love endures forever.

13 to him who divided the Red Sea[a](S) asunder
His love endures forever.
14 and brought Israel through(T) the midst of it,
His love endures forever.
15 but swept Pharaoh and his army into the Red Sea;(U)
His love endures forever.

16 to him who led his people through the wilderness;(V)
His love endures forever.

17 to him who struck down great kings,(W)
His love endures forever.
18 and killed mighty kings(X)
His love endures forever.
19 Sihon king of the Amorites(Y)
His love endures forever.
20 and Og king of Bashan(Z)
His love endures forever.
21 and gave their land(AA) as an inheritance,(AB)
His love endures forever.
22 an inheritance(AC) to his servant Israel.(AD)
His love endures forever.

23 He remembered us(AE) in our low estate
His love endures forever.
24 and freed us(AF) from our enemies.(AG)
His love endures forever.
25 He gives food(AH) to every creature.
His love endures forever.

26 Give thanks(AI) to the God of heaven.(AJ)
His love endures forever.(AK)

Psalm 137

By the rivers of Babylon(AL) we sat and wept(AM)
    when we remembered Zion.(AN)
There on the poplars(AO)
    we hung our harps,(AP)
for there our captors(AQ) asked us for songs,
    our tormentors demanded(AR) songs of joy;
    they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”(AS)

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

Remember, Lord, what the Edomites(AY) did
    on the day Jerusalem fell.(AZ)
“Tear it down,” they cried,
    “tear it down to its foundations!”(BA)
Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction,(BB)
    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(BC) against the rocks.

Footnotes

  1. Psalm 136:13 Or the Sea of Reeds; also in verse 15