1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down.
Yes, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
2 On the willows in the midst of it,
We hung up our harps.
3 For there, those who led us captive asked us for songs.
Those who tormented us demanded songs of joy:
“Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
4 How can we sing Yahweh’s song in a foreign land?
5 If I forget you, Jerusalem,
Let my right hand forget its skill.
6 Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth,
If I don’t remember you;
If I don’t prefer Jerusalem above my chief joy.
7 Remember, Yahweh, against the children of Edom,
The day of Jerusalem; Who said,
“Raze it! Raze it even to its foundation!”
8 Daughter of Babylon,
doomed to destruction,
He will be happy who rewards you,
As you have served us.
9 Happy shall he be,
Who takes and dashes your
little ones against the rock.
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