Psalm 137

How Shall We Sing the Lord's Song?

1 By the waters of Babylon,
there we sat down and wept,
when we remembered Zion.
2 On the willows 1 there
we hung up our lyres.
3 For there our captors
required of us songs,
and our tormentors, mirth, saying,
"Sing us one of the songs of Zion!"

4 s How shall we sing the Lord's song
in a foreign land?
5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
t let my right hand forget its skill!
6 Let my u tongue stick to the roof of my mouth,
if I do not remember you,
if I do not set Jerusalem
above my highest joy!

7 Remember, O Lord, against the v Edomites
w the day of Jerusalem,
how they said, x "Lay it bare, lay it bare,
down to its foundations!"
8 O daughter of Babylon, y doomed to be destroyed,
blessed shall he be who z repays you
with what you have done to us!
9 Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones
and a dashes them against the rock!

  1. Cross References
    Nehemiah 2:3
    I said to the king, "Let the king live forever! Why should not my face be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers' graves, lies in ruins, and its gates have been destroyed by fire?
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 76:5
    The stouthearted were stripped of their spoil; they sank into sleep; all the men of war were unable to use their hands.
  3. Cross References
    Job 29:10
    The voice of the nobles was hushed, and their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.
    Ezekiel 3:26
    And I will make your tongue cling to the roof of your mouth, so that you shall be mute and unable to reprove them, for they are a rebellious house.
  4. Cross References
    Isaiah 34:5 - 6
    For my sword has drunk its fill in the heavens;...
    Lamentations 4:21 - 22
    Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, you wh...
    Ezekiel 35:2
    Son of man, set your face against Mount Seir, a...
    Amos 1:11 - 12
    Thus says the Lord : "For three transgressions ...
    Jeremiah 49:7 - 22
    Concerning Edom. Thus says the Lord of hosts: "...
    Ezekiel 25:12 - 14
    Thus says the Lord God : Because Edom acted rev...
    Obadiah 1:8 - 14
    Will I not on that day, declares the Lord, dest...
  5. Cross References
    Job 18:20
    They of the west are appalled at his day, and horror seizes them of the east.
  6. Cross References
    Habakkuk 3:13
    You went out for the salvation of your people, for the salvation of your anointed. You crushed the head of the house of the wicked, laying him bare from thigh to neck. Selah
    Zephaniah 2:14
    Herds shall lie down in her midst, all kinds of beasts; even the owl and the hedgehog shall lodge in her capitals; a voice shall hoot in the window; devastation will be on the threshold; for her cedar work will be laid bare.
  7. Cross References
    Isaiah 21:9
    And behold, here come riders, horsemen in pairs...
    Isaiah 47:1 - 15
    Come down and sit in the dust, O virgin daughte...
    Jeremiah 25:12
    Then after seventy years are completed, I will ...
    Jeremiah 50:1 - 46
    The word that the Lord spoke concerning Babylon...
    Jeremiah 51:1 - 64
    Thus says the Lord : "Behold, I will stir up th...
    Isaiah 13:1 - 22
    The oracle concerning Babylon which Isaiah the ...
  8. Cross References
    Jeremiah 51:24
    I will repay Babylon and all the inhabitants of Chaldea before your very eyes for all the evil that they have done in Zion, declares the Lord.
    Jeremiah 51:56
    For a destroyer has come upon her, upon Babylon; her warriors are taken; their bows are broken in pieces, for the Lord is a God of recompense; he will surely repay.
    Psalms 28:4
    Give to them according to their work and according to the evil of their deeds; give to them according to the work of their hands; render them their due reward.
  9. Cross References
    2 Kings 8:12
    And Hazael said, "Why does my lord weep?" He answered, "Because I know the evil that you will do to the people of Israel. You will set on fire their fortresses, and you will kill their young men with the sword and dash in pieces their little ones and rip open their pregnant women.
    Isaiah 13:16
    Their infants will be dashed in pieces before their eyes; their houses will be plundered and their wives ravished.
    Hosea 10:14
    Therefore the tumult of war shall arise among your people, and all your fortresses shall be destroyed, as Shalman destroyed Beth-arbel on the day of battle; mothers were dashed in pieces with their children.
    Nahum 3:10
    Yet she became an exile; she went into captivity; her infants were dashed in pieces at the head of every street; for her honored men lots were cast, and all her great men were bound in chains.
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