Psalm 137 The Message Bible

The Mourning of the Exiles in Babylon

137 1  Alongside Babylon's rivers we sat on the banks; we cried and cried, remembering the good old days in Zion. 2  Alongside the quaking aspens we stacked our unplayed harps; 3  That's where our captors demanded songs, sarcastic and mocking: "Sing us a happy Zion song!" 4  Oh, how could we ever sing God's song in this wasteland? 5  If I ever forget you, Jerusalem, let my fingers wither and fall off like leaves. 6  Let my tongue swell and turn black if I fail to remember you, If I fail, O dear Jerusalem, to honor you as my greatest.

7  God, remember those Edomites, and remember the ruin of Jerusalem, That day they yelled out, "Wreck it, smash it to bits!" 8  And you, Babylonians - ravagers! A reward to whoever gets back at you for all you've done to us; 9  Yes, a reward to the one who grabs your babies and smashes their heads on the rocks!

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