Lament of the Exiles
1By the rivers of Babylon —
there we sat down and wept
when we remembered Zion. #Ezk 1:1
2There we hung up our lyres
on the poplar trees, #Jb 30:31Ezk 26:13
3for our captors there asked us for songs,
and our tormentors, for rejoicing:
“Sing us one of the songs of Zion.” #Ps 80:6
4How can we sing the Lord’s song
on foreign soil? #Neh 12:46
5If I forget you, Jerusalem,
may my right hand forget its skill. #Is 65:11
6May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth
if I do not remember you,
if I do not exalt Jerusalem as my greatest joy! #Jb 29:10Ps 22:15Ezk 3:26
7Remember, Lord, what the Edomites said
that day # The day Jerusalem fell to the Babylonians in 586 b.c. at Jerusalem:
“Destroy it! Destroy it
down to its foundations! ” #Is 34:5-6Ezk 35:2Ob 10-14
8Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction,
happy is the one who pays you back
what you have done to us. #Jr 50:1-4651:1-64
9Happy is he who takes your little ones
and dashes them against the rocks. #2Kg 8:12Is 13:16Nah 3:10
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