1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
2 We hung our harps upon the willows in its midst.
3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. a song: Heb. the words of a song wasted…: Heb. laid us on heaps
4 How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a foreign land? strange…: Heb. land of a stranger?
5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her skill.
6 If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy. my chief…: Heb. the head of my joy
7 Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to its foundation Rase it: Heb. Make bare
8 O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. destroyed: Heb. wasted rewardeth…: Heb. recompenseth unto thee thy deed which thou didst to us
9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones. the stones: Heb. the rock