Psalm 137:3 {136:3}
Good News Translation
Those who captured us told us to sing; they told us to entertain them: "Sing us a song about Zion."

Contemporary English Version
Our enemies had brought us here as their prisoners; now they wanted us to sing and entertain them. They insulted us and shouted, "Sing about Zion!"

Douay-Rheims Bible
For there they that led us into captivity required of us the words of songs. And they that carried us away, said: Sing ye to us a hymn of the songs of Sion.

New American Bible
For there our captors asked us for the words of a song; Our tormentors, for joy: “Sing for us a song of Zion!”

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

For there they that led us into captivity required of us the words of songs. And they that carried us away, said: Sing ye to us a hymn of the songs of Sion.

for there

Psalm 123:3,4 Have mercy on us, O Lord, have mercy on us: for we are greatly filled with contempt. . . .

Lamentations 2:15,16 Samech. All they that passed by the way have clapped their hands at thee: they have hissed, and wagged their heads at the daughter of Jerusalem, saying: Is this the city of perfect beauty, the joy of all the earth? . . .

a song.

Psalm 79:1 A psalm for Asaph. O God, the heathens are come into thy inheritance, they have defiled thy holy temple: they have made Jerusalem as a place to keep fruit.

Nehemiah 4:2 And said before his brethren, and the multitude of the Samaritans: What are the silly Jews doing? Will the Gentiles let them alone? will they sacrifice and make an end in a day? are they able to raise stones out of the heaps of the rubbish, which are burnt?

Jeremiah 9:11 And I will make Jerusalem to be heaps of sand, and dens of dragons: and I will make the cities of Juda desolate, for want of an inhabitant.

Jeremiah 26:18 Micheas of Morasthi was a prophet in the days of Ezechias king of Juda, and he spoke to all the people of Juda, saying: Thus saith the Lord of hosts: Sion shall be ploughed like a field, and Jerusalem shall be a heap of stones: and the mountain of the house the high places of woods.

Micah 3:12 Her princes have judged for bribes: and her priests have taught for hire, and her prophets divined for money: and they leaned upon the Lord, saying: Is not the Lord in the midst of us? no evil shall come among us.

Luke 21:6 These things which you see, the days will come in which there shall not be left a stone upon a stone that shall not be thrown down.

the song of Zion

Psalm 9:14 Thou that liftest me up from the gates of death, that I may declare all thy praises in the gates of the daughter of Sion.

Psalm 65:1 To the end, a psalm of David. The canticle of Jeremias and Ezechiel to the people of the captivity, when they began to go out. [2] A hymn, O God, becometh thee in Sion: and a vow shall be paid to thee in Jerusalem.

1 Chronicles 15:27 And David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, and all the Levites that carried the ark, and the singing men, and Chonenias the ruler of the prophecy among the singers: and David also had on him an ephod of linen.

1 Chronicles 16:7 In that day David made Asaph the chief to give praise to the Lord with his brethren.

Isaiah 35:10 And the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and shall come into Sion with praise, and everlasting joy shall be upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

Isaiah 51:11 And now they that are redeemed by the Lord, shall return, and shall come into Sion singing praises, and joy everlasting shall be upon their heads, they shall obtain joy and gladness, sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

Jeremiah 31:12,13 And they shall come, and shall give praise in mount Sion: and they shall flow together to the good things of the Lord, for the corn, and wine, and oil, and the increase of cattle and herds, and their soul shall be as a watered garden, and they shall be hungry no more. . . .

Revelation 14:1-3 And I beheld: and lo a Lamb stood upon mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty-four thousand, having his name and the name of his Father written on their foreheads. . . .

Context
By the Rivers of Babylon
2On the willows in the midst thereof we hung up our instruments. 3For there they that led us into captivity required of us the words of songs. And they that carried us away, said: Sing ye to us a hymn of the songs of Sion.4How shall we sing the song of the Lord in a strange land?…
Cross References
Psalm 80:6
Thou hast made us to be a contradiction to our neighbours: and our enemies have scoffed at us.

Isaiah 49:17
Thy builders are come: they that destroy thee and make thee waste shall go out of thee.

Additional Translations
for there our captors requested a song, and our tormentors demanded songs of joy: “Sing us a song of Zion.”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.

For there they that led us captive required of us songs, And they that wasted us required of us mirth,'saying , Sing us one of the songs of Zion.

For there they that had taken us captive asked of us the words of a song; and they that had carried us away asked a hymn, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Sion.

For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that made us wail [required] mirth, [saying,] Sing us [one] of the songs of Zion.

For there they that led us captive required of us songs, and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.

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.

For there, those who led us captive asked us for songs. Those who tormented us demanded songs of joy: "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!"

For there our captors asked us the words of a song, And our spoilers -- joy: 'Sing ye to us of a song of Zion.'
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