Longing for Zion in a Foreign Land
1By the rivers of Babylon,
There we sat down, yea, we wept
When we remembered Zion.
2We hung our harps
Upon the willows in the midst of it.
3For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song,
And those who #Ps. 104:27; 145:15plundered us requested 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!
6If I do not remember you,
Let my #Ps. 79:1tongue cling to the roof of my mouth—
If I do not exalt Jerusalem
Above my chief joy.
7Remember, O Lord, against #Job 29:10; Ps. 22:15; Ezek. 3:26the sons of Edom
The day of Jerusalem,
Who said, “Raze it, raze it,
To its very foundation!”
8O daughter of Babylon, #Jer. 49:7–22; Lam. 4:21; Ezek. 25:12–14; 35:2; Amos 1:11; Obad. 10–14who are to be destroyed,
Happy the one #Is. 13:1–6; 47:1who repays you as you have served us!
9Happy the one who takes and #Jer. 50:15; Rev. 18:6dashes
Your little ones against the rock!