1 By the rivers of Babylon—
there we sat down and there we wept
when we remembered Zion.
2 On the willowsa there
we hung up our harps.
asked us for songs,
and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying,
“Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
in a foreign land?
let my right hand wither!
if I do not remember you,
if I do not set Jerusalem
above my highest joy.
the day of Jerusalem’s fall,
how they said, “Tear it down! Tear it down!
Down to its foundations!”
8 O daughter Babylon, you devastator!b
Happy shall they be who pay you back
what you have done to us!
and dash them against the rock!
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