1 By the rivers of Babylon (Bavel), there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion (Tsiyon).
2 We hanged our harps upon the willows 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 (Tsiyon)!”
4 How shall we sing יהוה’s song in a strange land?
5 If I forget You, O Jerusalem (Yerushalayim), let my right hand forget her cunning.
6 If I do not remember You, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem (Yerushalayim) above my chief joy.
7 Remember, O יהוה, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem (Yerushalayim); who said, “Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof!”
8 O daughter of Babylon (Bavel), who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, who rewardeth you as you have served us!
9 Happy shall he be, who taketh and dasheth Your little ones against the rock.