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Psalm 137 :: New American Standard Bible 1995 (NASB95)

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An Experience of the Captivity.

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 137:1 - By the rivers of Babylon,
There we sat down and wept,
When we remembered Zion.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 137:2 - Upon the [fn]willows in the midst of it
We hung our [fn]harps.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 137:3 - For there our captors [fn]demanded of us [fn]songs,
And our tormentors mirth, saying,
“Sing us one of the songs of Zion.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 137:4 - How can we sing the LORDS song
In a foreign land?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 137:5 - If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
May my right hand [fn]forget her skill.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 137:6 - May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth
If I do not remember you,
If I do not [fn]exalt Jerusalem
Above my chief joy.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 137:7 - Remember, O LORD, against the sons of Edom
The day of Jerusalem,
Who said, “Raze it, raze it
To its very foundation.”
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 137:8 - O daughter of Babylon, you [fn]devastated one,
How blessed will be the one who repays you
With [fn]the recompense with which you have repaid us.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 137:9 - How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones
Against the rock.
NASB95 Footnotes
Or, poplars
Literally: lyres
Literally: asked
Literally: words of song
I.e. become lame
Literally: cause to ascend
Or, devastator
Literally: your recompense

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