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Psalms 136

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Chapter 137

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  By the rivers of Babylon we were seated, weeping at the memory of Zion,  

 

 


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  Hanging our instruments of music on the trees by the waterside.  

 

 


3


 

  For there those who had taken us prisoners made request for a song; and those who had taken away all we had gave us orders to be glad, saying, Give us one of the songs of Zion.  

 

 


4


 

  How may we give the Lord's song in a strange land?  

 

 


5


 

  If I keep not your memory, O Jerusalem, let not my right hand keep the memory of its art.  

 

 


6


 

  If I let you go out of my thoughts, and if I do not put Jerusalem before my greatest joy, let my tongue be fixed to the roof of my mouth.  

 

 


7


 

  O Lord, keep in mind against the children of Edom the day of Jerusalem; how they said, Let it be uncovered, uncovered even to its base.  

 

 


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  O daughter of Babylon, whose fate is destruction; happy is the man who does to you what you have done to us.  

 

 


9


 

  Happy is the man who takes your little ones, crushing them against the rocks.  

 

 


Psalms 138

 

 

 

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