1By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat, sat and wept, as we thought of Zion. 2There on the poplars we hung up our lyres, 3for our captors asked us there for songs, our tormentors, a Meaning of Heb. uncertain. for amusement, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion.” 4How can we sing a song of the LORD on alien soil? 5If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither; b Others “forget its cunning.” 6let my tongue stick to my palate if I cease to think of you, if I do not keep Jerusalem in memory even at my happiest hour. 7Remember, O LORD, against the Edomites the day of Jerusalem's fall; how they cried, “Strip her, strip her to her very foundations!” 8Fair Babylon, you predator, a With Targum; others “who are to be destroyed.” a blessing on him who repays you in kind what you have inflicted on us; 9a blessing on him who seizes your babies and dashes them against the rocks!

Notes:

a Meaning of Heb. uncertain.

b Others “forget its cunning.”

a With Targum; others “who are to be destroyed.”