NASB — Psalms 137 — KJV

An Experience of the Captivity.

  1 By the arivers of Babylon,
  There we sat down and bwept,
  When we remembered Zion.
  2 Upon the Iawillows in the midst of it
  We bhung our IIharps.
  3 For there our captors Iademanded of us IIsongs,
  And bour tormentors mirth, [saying],
  “Sing us one of the songs of Zion.”

[1] aEzk 1:1, 3 bNe 1:4
[2] IOr poplars IILit lyres aLv 23:40; Is 44:4 bJb 30:31; Is 24:8; Ezk 26:13
[3] ILit asked IILit words of song aPs 80:6 bIs 49:17

  4 ¶ How can we sing athe LORDS song
  In a foreign land?
  5 If I aforget you, O Jerusalem,
  May my right hand Iforget [her skill].
  6 May my atongue cling to the roof of my mouth
  If I do not remember you,
  If I do not Ibexalt Jerusalem
  Above my chief joy.

[4] a2Ch 29:27; Ne 12:46
[5] II.e. become lame aIs 65:11
[6] ILit cause to ascend aJb 29:10; Ps 22:15; Ezk 3:26 bNe 2:3

  7 ¶ Remember, O LORD, against the sons of aEdom
  The day of Jerusalem,
  Who said, “Raze it, raze it
  bTo its very foundation.”
  8 O daughter of Babylon, you Iadevastated one,
  How blessed will be the one who brepays you
  With IIthe recompense with which you have repaid us.
  9 How blessed will be the one who seizes and adashes your little ones
  Against the rock.

[7] aPs 83:4-8; Is 34:5, 6; Jr 49:7-22; Lm 4:21; Ezk 25:12-14; 35:2; Am 1:11; Ob 10-14 bPs 74:7; Hab 3:13
[8] IOr devastator IILit your recompense aIs 13:1-22; 47:1-15; Jr 25:12; 50:1-46; 51:1-64 bJr 50:15; 51:24, 35, 36, 49; Rv 18:6
[9] a2K 8:12; Is 13:16; Ho 13:16; Na 3:10


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The constancy of the Jews in captivity.

1 ¶ By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. 2 We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. 3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us [required of us] mirth, [saying], Sing us [one] of the songs of Zion. 4 How shall we sing the LORD'S song in a strange land? 5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget [her cunning]. 6 If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.

[1] Gn 2:10; Ezr 8:21, 31; Ne 1:3; 2:3; Jb 2:12; Ps 42:4; 102:9; Is 66:10; Jr 13:17; 15:17; 51:50; Lm 1:16; 2:10, 11, 18; 3:48, 51; Ezk 1:1; 3:15; Dn 9:3; 10:2; Lk 19:41; Rv 11:3.
[2] Ps 33:2; 81:2; Is 24:8; Ezk 26:13; Am 8:10; Rv 18:22.
[3] 1Ch 15:27; 16:7; Ne 4:2; Ps 9:14; 65:1; 79:1; 123:3; Is 35:10; 51:11; Jr 9:11; 26:18; 31:12; Lm 2:15; Mi 3:12; Lk 21:6; Rv 14:1.
[4] Ec 3:4; Is 22:12; 49:21; Lm 5:14; Ho 9:4; Am 8:3.
[5] Ne 1:2; 2:2; Ps 84:1, 10; 102:13; 122:5; Is 62:1, 6; Jr 51:50; Dn 6:10; Zc 11:17.
[6] Ps 22:15; 84:10; Is 41:17; Lm 4:4; Ezk 3:26; Mt 6:33; Ac 20:24; Php 1:20; 1Th 3:7.

The prophet curseth Edom and Babel.

7 Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase [it], rase [it, even] to the foundation thereof. 8 O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy [shall he be], that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. 9 Happy [shall he be], that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.

[7] Ex 17:14; 1S 15:2; Ps 74:18; 79:8; Is 63:1; Jr 49:7; Lm 4:21; Ezk 25:12; Ho 7:2; Ob 1:10, 18.
[8] Ps 149:6; Is 13:1, 3; 14:4; 21:1; 44:28; 47:1; Jr 25:12; 50:1, 15, 42; 51:33; Zc 2:7; Rv 14:8; 17:1, 5, 14; 18:6, 20.
[9] Is 13:16; Ho 10:14; 13:16.


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