By the rivers of Babylon,
There we sat down, yea, we wept
When we remembered Zion. 2 We hung our harps
Upon the willows in the midst of it. 3 For there those who carried us away captive asked of us a song,
And those who a plundered us requested mirth,
Saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!"
How shall we sing the LORD's song
In a foreign land? 5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
Let my right hand forget its skill! 6 If I do not remember you,
Let my b tongue cling to the roof of my mouth -
If I do not exalt Jerusalem
Above my chief joy.
Remember, O LORD, against c the sons of Edom
The day of Jerusalem,
Who said, 1 "Raze it, raze it,
To its very foundation!" 8 O daughter of Babylon, d who are to be destroyed,
Happy the one e who repays you as you have served us! 9 Happy the one who takes and f dashes
Your little ones against the rock!