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Psalm 137

We Wept When We Remembered Zion

By the rivers of Babylon,
There we sat and also wept,
When we remembered Zion.
Upon the willows in the midst of it
We hung our lyres.
For there our captors asked us about the words of a song,
And our tormentors asked joyfully, saying,
“Sing for us one of the songs of Zion.”

How can we sing a song of Yahweh
In a foreign land?
If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
May my right hand forget her skill.
May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth
If I do not remember you,
If I do not exalt Jerusalem
Above my chief joy.

Remember, O Yahweh, against the sons of Edom
The day of Jerusalem,
Who said, “Tear it down! Tear it down
To its very foundation.”
O daughter of Babylon, you devastated one,
How blessed will be the one who repays you
With the recompense with which you have recompensed us.
How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your infants
Against the cliff.