Psalms 137

Psalms 137

A Prayer for Revenge
1Beside the rivers of Babylon
we thought about Jerusalem,
and we sat down and cried.
2We hung our small harps
on the willow#137.2 willow: Or “poplar.” trees.
3Our enemies had brought us here
as their prisoners;
now they wanted us to sing
and entertain them.
They insulted us and shouted,
“Sing about Zion!”
4Here in a foreign land,
how can we sing
about the Lord?
5Jerusalem, if I forget you,
let my right hand go limp.
6Let my tongue stick
to the roof of my mouth,
if I don't think about you
above all else.
7Our Lord, punish the Edomites!
On the day Jerusalem fell,
they shouted,
“Completely destroy the city!
Tear down every building!”
8 # Rev 18.6. Babylon, you are doomed!
I pray the Lord's blessings
on anyone who punishes you
for what you did to us.
9May the Lord bless everyone
who beats your children
against the rocks!

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