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Jehovah’s Witnesses

English

Online Bible

NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision

Psalms 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 ascend Above my chief cause for rejoicing.+   Remember,+ O Jehovah, regarding the sons of E′dom+ 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.

Footnotes

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).”