1By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down and wept
when we remembered Zion.
2#Ps 63:1; 84:2 We hung our harps
upon the poplars.
3#Ps 79:10; 80:5 For there our captors made us sing
and our tormentors made us entertain,
saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion.”
4#Isa 30:29; Ps 62:8 How shall we sing the song of the Lord
in a foreign land?
5#Ps 42:11; 43:5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
let my right hand forget its skill.
6#2Sa 17:22; Dt 3:8–9 If I do not remember you,
let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth,
if I do not have Jerusalem
as my highest joy.
7#Ps 88:7; Jnh 2:3 Remember, O Lord, the people of Edom
in the day of Jerusalem,
who said, “Raze it, raze it,
down to its foundations.”
8#Job 35:10; Ps 63:6 O daughter of Babylon, who is to be destroyed,
blessed is the one who rewards you
as you have done to us.
9#Ps 38:6; 18:2 Blessed is the one who takes
and dashes your little ones against the rocks.