1 *By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept,
When we remembered Zion.
Upon the awillows in the midst thereof.
3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us †a song;
And they that †wasted us required of us mirth,
Saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
4 bHow shall we sing the Lord’s song
In a †strange land?
bbLet my right hand forget her cunning.
Let my ctongue cleave to the roof of my mouth;
If I prefer not Jerusalem above †my chief joy.
7 Remember, O Lord, dthe children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem;
Who said, †Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.
As thou hast served us.
See Job 40:22.
Heb. the words of a song. See Ps. 65:3.
Heb. laid us on heaps. Comp. Ps. 79:1?
Comp. Neh. 2:3.
Comp. Ps. 76:5.
See Job 29:10.
Heb. the head of my joy. Comp. Ex. 30:23 (Heb.) and references.
Heb. wasted. Je. 4:30 (Heb.).
Heb. that recompenseth unto thee f thy deed which thou didst to us.
Je. 51:24 (Heb.).
See 2 Kin. 8:12.
Heb. the rock. Ps. 78:16, &c.