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Psalm 137

1 By the rivers of Babylon

 there we sat and wept,

 remembering Sion;

 2 on the poplars that grew there

 we hung up our harps.

3 For it was there that they asked us,

 our captors, for songs,

 our oppressors, for joy.

 “Sing to us,” they said,

 “one of Sion’s songs.”

4 O how could we sing

 the song of the LORD

 on foreign soil?

 5 If I forget you, Jerusalem,

 let my right hand wither!

6 O let my tongue

 cleave to my palate

 if I remember you not,

 if I prize not Jerusalem

 as the first of my joys!

7 Remember, O LORD,

 against the children of Edom

 the day of Jerusalem,

 when they said, “Tear it down!

 Tear it down to its foundations!”

8 O daughter Babylon, destroyer,

 blessed whoever repays you

 the payment you paid to us!

 9 Blessed whoever grasps and shatters

 your children on the rock!

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