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Psalm 137

How Shall We Sing the Lord's Song?

1By the waters of Babylon,

there we sat down and wept,

when we remembered Zion.

2On the willows1 there

we hung up our lyres.

3For there our captors

required of us songs,

and our tormentors, mirth, saying,

“Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”

4How shall we sing the Lord's song

in a foreign land?

5If I forget you, O Jerusalem,

let my right hand forget its skill!

6Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth,

if I do not remember you,

if I do not set Jerusalem

above my highest joy!

7Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites

the day of Jerusalem,

how they said, “Lay it bare, lay it bare,

down to its foundations!”

8O daughter of Babylon, doomed to be destroyed,

blessed shall he be who repays you

with what you have done to us!

9Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones

and dashes them against the rock!

Footnotes

  • 1 137:2 Or poplars

Psalm 138

Give Thanks to the Lord

Of David.

1I give you thanks, O Lord, with my whole heart;

before the gods I sing your praise;

2I bow down toward your holy temple

and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,

for you have exalted above all things

your name and your word.1

3On the day I called, you answered me;

my strength of soul you increased.2

4All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O Lord,

for they have heard the words of your mouth,

5and they shall sing of the ways of the Lord,

for great is the glory of the Lord.

6For though the Lord is high, he regards the lowly,

but the haughty he knows from afar.

7Though I walk in the midst of trouble,

you preserve my life;

you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,

and your right hand delivers me.

8The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me;

your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.

Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Footnotes

  • 1 138:2 Or you have exalted your word above all your name
  • 2 138:3 Hebrew you made me bold in my soul with strength