Psalm 137–138

Psalm 137

By the rivers of Babylonp we sat and weptq

when we remembered Zion.r

There on the poplarss

we hung our harps,t

for there our captorsu asked us for songs,

our tormentors demandedv songs of joy;

they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”w

How can we sing the songs of the Lordx

while in a foreign land?

If I forget you,y Jerusalem,

may my right hand forget its skill.

May my tongue cling to the roofz of my mouth

if I do not remembera you,

if I do not consider Jerusalemb

my highest joy.

Remember, Lord, what the Edomitesc did

on the day Jerusalem fell.d

“Tear it down,” they cried,

“tear it down to its foundations!”e

Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction,f

happy is the one who repays you

according to what you have done to us.

Happy is the one who seizes your infants

and dashes themg against the rocks.

Psalm 138

Of David.

I will praise you, Lord, with all my heart;

before the “gods”h I will singi your praise.

I will bow down toward your holy templej

and will praise your namek

for your unfailing love and your faithfulness,l

for you have so exalted your solemn decree

that it surpasses your fame.m

When I called,n you answered me;o

you greatly emboldenedp me.

May all the kings of the earthq praise you, Lord,

when they hear what you have decreed.

May they singr of the ways of the Lord,

for the glory of the Lords is great.

Though the Lord is exalted, he looks kindly on the lowly;t

though lofty, he sees themu from afar.

Though I walkv in the midst of trouble,

you preserve my life.w

You stretch out your handx against the anger of my foes;y

with your right handz you save me.a

The Lord will vindicateb me;

your love, Lord, endures foreverc

do not abandond the works of your hands.e

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