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1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
1 For David, a Psalm of Jeremias. By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat; and wept when we remembered Sion.
1 A Psalm of David: to Jeremiah. Above the rivers of Babylon, there we sat and wept, while we remembered Zion.
2 Upon the willows in the midst thereof we hanged up our harps.
2 We hung our harps on the willows in the midst of it.
2 By the willow trees, in their midst, we hung up our instruments.
3 For there they that led us captive asked of us words of song, and our tormentors asked of us mirth: 'Sing us one of the songs of Zion.'
3 For there they that had taken us captive asked of us the words of a song; and they that had carried us away asked a hymn, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Sion.
3 For, in that place, those who led us into captivity questioned us about the words of the songs. And those who carried us away said: “Sing us a hymn from the songs of Zion.”
4 How shall we sing YHWH'S song in a foreign land?
4 How can we sing a song of the Lord in a foreign land?
5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
6 Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I remember thee not; if I set not Jerusalem above my chiefest joy.
6 May my tongue adhere to my jaws, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem first, as the beginning of my joy.
6 If I do not remember you, let my tongue cleave to my palate, if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.
7 Remember, O YHWH, against the children of Edom the day of Jerusalem; who said: 'Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.'
7 O Lord, call to mind the sons of Edom, in the day of Jerusalem, who say: “Despoil it, despoil it, even to its foundation.”
8 O daughter of Babylon, that art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that repayeth thee as thou hast served us.
8 Wretched daughter of Babylon! blessed shall he be who shall reward thee as thou hast rewarded us.
8 O daughter of Babylon, have pity. Blessed is he who will repay you with your payment, which you have paid to us.
9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the rock.
9 Blessed shall he be who shall seize and dash thine infants against the rock.
9 Blessed is he who will take hold of your little ones and dash them against the rock.