New International Version
If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill.
King James Bible
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning.
Darby Bible Translation
If I forget thee, Jerusalem, let my right hand forget [its skill];
World English Bible
If I forget you, Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill.
Young's Literal Translation
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, my right hand forgetteth!
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CommentaryClarke's Commentary on the Bible
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem - Such conduct would be, in effect, a renunciation of our land a tacit acknowledgment that we were reconciled to our bondage; a concession that we were pleased with our captivity, and could profane holy ordinances by using them as means of sport or pastime to the heathen. No: Jerusalem! we remember thee and thy Divine ordinances: and especially thy King and our God, whose indignation we must bear, because we have sinned against him.
Let my right hand forget - Let me forget the use of my right hand. Let me forget that which is dearest and most profitable to me; and let me lose my skill in the management of my harp, if I ever prostitute it to please the ungodly multitude or the enemies of my Creator!
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LibraryLetter xxii (Circa A. D. 1129) to Simon, Abbot of S. Nicholas
To Simon, Abbot of S. Nicholas Bernard consoles him under the persecution of which he is the object. The most pious endeavours do not always have the desired success. What line of conduct ought to be followed towards his inferiors by a prelate who is desirous of stricter discipline. 1. I have learned with much pain by your letter the persecution that you are enduring for the sake of righteousness, and although the consolation given you by Christ in the promise of His kingdom may suffice amply for …
Saint Bernard of Clairvaux—Some Letters of Saint Bernard, Abbot of Clairvaux
Thou Shalt not Commit Adultery.
"But as for you who forsake the LORD and forget my holy mountain, who spread a table for Fortune and fill bowls of mixed wine for Destiny,
May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy.
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