Psalms 137

1We sat by the rivers in Babylon and cried as we remembered Zion. 2We hung our harps on the willow trees nearby. 3In Babylon, the people who captured us told us to sing. They told us to sing happy songs. They told us to sing songs about Zion. 4But we can’t sing the Lord’s songs in a foreign country! 5Jerusalem, if I ever forget you, then I hope I never play a song again. 6Jerusalem, if I ever forget you, then I hope I never sing again. I promise, I will never forget you. I promise, Jerusalem will always be my greatest joy! 7Lord, punish the people of Edom for what they did when Jerusalem was captured. The people of Edom shouted, “Destroy Jerusalem’s buildings! Pull all the buildings down to the ground.” 8Babylon, you will be destroyed! Bless the man who gives you the punishment you should get. Bless the man who hurts you like you hurt us. 9Bless the man who grabs your babies and smashes them against a rock.

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