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Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Psalm 137 - By The Rivers Of Babylon We Sat and Wept









Psalm 137 NIV
  







1By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept

when we remembered Zion.

2There on the poplars

we hung our harps,






3for there our captors asked us for songs,

our tormentors demanded songs of joy;






they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”







4How can we sing the Songs of The LORD

while in a foreign land?






5If I forget you, Jerusalem,

may my right hand forget its skill.

6May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth

if I do not remember you,

if I do not consider Jerusalem

my highest joy.


7Remember, LORD, what the Edomites did

on the day Jerusalem fell.

“Tear it down,” they cried,

“tear it down to its foundations!”


8Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction,

happy is the one who repays you

according to what you have done to us.

9Happy is the one who seizes your infants

and dashes them against the rocks.









PSALM 137





Ps 137:1-9. This Psalm records the mourning of the captive Israelites, and a prayer and prediction respecting the destruction of their enemies.


Their enemies had carried the Jews captive from their own land. To complete their woes, they insulted over them; they required of them mirth and a song. This was very barbarous; also profane, for no songs would serve but the songs of Zion. They do not say, How shall we sing, when we are so much in sorrow? But they say, 



“It Is The LORD'S Song, therefore we dare not sing it 


among idolaters.”







Rivers of Babylon





"Rivers of Babylon" is a rastafarian song written and recorded by Brent Dowe and Trevor McNaughton of the Jamaican reggae group The Melodians in 1970. The Melodians' original versions of the song appeared in the soundtrack to the 1972 movie The Harder They Come and the 1999 Nicolas Cage movie Bringing Out the Dead. It became popularized in Europe by the 1978 Boney M. cover version.









Songwriters: DOWE, BRENT




By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down
Ye-eah we wept, when we remembered Zion.
By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down
Ye-eah we wept, when we remembered Zion.
When the wicked
Carried us away in captivity
Required from us a song
Now how shall we sing The 
LORD'S Song in a strange land
When the wicked
Carried us away in captivity
Requiring of us a song
Now how shall we sing The LORD'S Song in a strange land
Let the words of our mouth and the meditations of our heart
Be acceptable in Thy Sight here tonight
Let the words of our mouth and the meditation of our hearts
Be acceptable in Thy Sight here tonight
By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down
Ye-eah we wept, when we remembered Zion.
By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down
Ye-eah we wept, when we remembered Zion.
By the rivers of Babylon (dark tears of Babylon)
There we sat down (You got to sing a song)
Ye-eah we wept, (Sing a song of love)
When we remember Zion. (Yeah yeah yeah yeah yeah)
By the rivers of Babylon (Rough bits of Babylon)
There we sat down (You hear the people cry)
Ye-eah we wept, (They need that ???)
When we remember Zion. (Ooh, have the power)













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