Psalm 137:1-9

137  By the rivers* of Babylon*+—there we sat down.+We also wept when we remembered Zion.+   Upon the poplar+ trees in the midst of her*We hung our harps.+   For there those holding us captive asked us for the words of a song,+And those mocking* us—for rejoicing:+“SING for us one of the songs of Zion.”+   How can we sing the song of Jehovah+Upon foreign ground?*+   If I should forget you, O Jerusalem,+Let my right hand be forgetful.   Let my tongue stick to my palate,+If I were not to remember you,+If I were not to make Jerusalem ascendAbove my chief cause for rejoicing.+   Remember,+ O Jehovah, regarding the sons of Eʹdom+ the day of Jerusalem,+Who were saying: “Lay [it] bare! Lay [it] bare to the foundation within it!”+   O daughter of Babylon, who are to be despoiled,+Happy will he be that rewards you+With your own treatment with which you treated us.+   Happy will he be that grabs ahold and does dash to pieces+Your children against the crag.


Or, “great river,” that is, the Euphrates, if pl. to denote grandeur.
“Babylon,” LXXVg; MTSy, “Babel.”
Or, “it,” fem., referring to “Babylon.”
“Mocking.” The meaning of the Heb. word is uncertain.
Lit., “ground of a foreign (country).”