How Shall We Sing the Lord's Song?

Psalm 137

1 By the rivers of Babylon,
There we sat down, yea, we wept
When we remembered Zion.
2 We hung our harps
Upon the willows in the midst of it.
3 For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song,
And those who a plundered us requested mirth,
Saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!"

4 How shall we sing the LORD's song
In a foreign land?
5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
Let my right hand forget its skill!
6 If I do not remember you,
Let my b tongue cling to the roof of my mouth -
If I do not exalt Jerusalem
Above my chief joy.

7 Remember, O LORD, against c the sons of Edom
The day of Jerusalem,
Who said, 1 "Raze it, raze it,
To its very foundation!"
8 O daughter of Babylon, d who are to be destroyed,
Happy the one e who repays you as you have served us!
9 Happy the one who takes and f dashes
Your little ones against the rock!

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 104:27
    These all wait for You, That You may give them their food in due season.
    Psalms 145:15
    The eyes of all look expectantly to You, And You give them their food in due season.
  2. Cross References
    Psalms 79:1
    O GOD, the nations have come into Your inheritance; Your holy temple they have defiled; They have laid Jerusalem in heaps.
  3. Cross References
    Job 29:10
    The voice of nobles was hushed, And their tongue stuck to the roof of their mouth.
    Psalms 22:15
    My strength is dried up like a potsherd, And My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death.
    Ezekiel 3:26
    I will make your tongue cling to the roof of your mouth, so that you shall be mute and not be one to rebuke them, for they are a rebellious house.
  4. Cross References
    Jeremiah 49:7 - 22
    Against Edom. Thus says the LORD of hosts: " Is wisdom no more in Teman? Has counsel perished from the prudent? Has their wisdom vanished?
    Lamentations 4:21
    Rejoice and be glad, O daughter of Edom, You who dwell in the land of Uz! The cup shall also pass over to you And you shall become drunk and make yourself naked.
    Ezekiel 25:12 - 14
    'Thus says the Lord GOD: "Because of what Edom did against the house of Judah by taking vengeance, and has greatly offended by avenging itself on them,"
    Ezekiel 35:2
    Son of man, set your face against Mount Seir and prophesy against it.
    Amos 1:11
    Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of Edom, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, Because he pursued his brother with the sword, And cast off all pity; His anger tore perpetually, And he kept his wrath forever.
  5. Cross References
    Isaiah 13:1 - 6
    The burden against Babylon which Isaiah the son of Amoz saw.
    Isaiah 47:1
    Come down and sit in the dust, O virgin daughter of Babylon; Sit on the ground without a throne, O daughter of the Chaldeans! For you shall no more be called Tender and delicate.
  6. Cross References
    Jeremiah 50:15
    Shout against her all around; She has given her hand, Her foundations have fallen, Her walls are thrown down; For it is the vengeance of the LORD. Take vengeance on her. As she has done, so do to her.
    Revelation 18:6
    Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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