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Psalms 137

 1  Beside the rivers of Babylon, we sat and wept
  as we thought of Jerusalem. [1] 
 2  We put away our harps,
  hanging them on the branches of poplar trees.
 3  For our captors demanded a song from us.
  Our tormentors insisted on a joyful hymn:
  "Sing us one of those songs of Jerusalem!"
 4  But how can we sing the songs of the LORD
  while in a pagan land?

 5  If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
  let my right hand forget how to play the harp.
 6  May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth
  if I fail to remember you,
  if I don't make Jerusalem my greatest joy.

 7  O LORD, remember what the Edomites did
  on the day the armies of Babylon captured Jerusalem.
"Destroy it!" they yelled.
  "Level it to the ground!"
 8  O Babylon, you will be destroyed.
  Happy is the one who pays you back
  for what you have done to us.
 9  Happy is the one who takes your babies
  and smashes them against the rocks!
<<  137:1 Hebrew Zion; also in 137:3.

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