1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
1 There we sat down and cried by the rivers of Babylon as we remembered Zion.
1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we [captives] sat down, yes, we wept when we [earnestly] remembered Zion [the city of our God imprinted on our hearts].
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.
3 for it was there that our captors asked us for songs and our torturers demanded joy from us, "Sing us one of the songs about Zion!"
3 For there they who led us captive required of us a song with words, and our tormentors and they who wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.
5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
5 If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand cease to function.
5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill [with the harp].
6 If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.
6 May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I don't remember you, if I don't consider Jerusalem to be more important than my highest joy.
6 Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth if I remember you not, if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy!
7 Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.
7 Remember the day of Jerusalem's fall, LORD, because of the Edomites, who kept saying, "Tear it down! Tear it right down to its foundations!"
7 Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites, that they said in the day of Jerusalem's fall, Down, down to the ground with her!
8 O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.
8 Daughter of Babylon! You devastator! How blessed will be the one who pays you back for what you have done to us.
8 O Daughter of Babylon [you devastator, you!], who [ought to be and] shall be destroyed, happy and blessed shall he be who requites you as you have served us.
9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.
9 How blessed will be the one who seizes your young children and pulverizes them against the cliff!
9 Happy and blessed shall he be who takes and dashes your little ones against the rock!
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