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137:1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down. Yes, we wept, when we remembered Zion.
137:2 On the willows in its midst, we hung up our harps.
137:3 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!”
137:4 How can we sing Yahweh’s song in a foreign land?
137:5 If I forget you, Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its skill.
137:6 Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth if I don’t remember you; if I don’t prefer Jerusalem above my chief joy.
137:7 Remember, Yahweh, against the children of Edom, the day of Jerusalem; who said, “Raze it! Raze it even to its foundation!”
137:8 Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, he will be happy who rewards you, as you have served us.
137:9 Happy shall he be, who takes and dashes your little ones against the rock. Psalm 138 By David.
138:1 I will give you thanks with my whole heart. Before the gods, I will sing praises to you.
138:2 I will bow down toward your holy temple, and give thanks to your Name for your loving kindness and for your truth; for you have exalted your Name and your Word above all.
138:3 In the day that I called, you answered me. You encouraged me with strength in my soul.
138:4 All the kings of the earth will give you thanks, Yahweh, for they have heard the words of your mouth.
138:5 Yes, they will sing of the ways of Yahweh; for great is Yahweh’s glory.
138:6 For though Yahweh is high, yet he looks after the lowly; but the proud, he knows from afar.
138:7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you will revive me. You will stretch forth your hand against the wrath of my enemies. Your right hand will save me.
138:8 Yahweh will fulfill that which concerns me; your loving kindness, Yahweh, endures forever. Don’t forsake the works of your own hands. Psalm 139 For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.
139:1 Yahweh, you have searched me, and you know me.
139:2 You know my sitting down and my rising up. You perceive my thoughts from afar.
139:3 You search out my path and my lying down, and are acquainted with all my ways.
139:4 For there is not a word on my tongue, but, behold, Yahweh, you know it altogether.
139:5 You hem me in behind and before. You laid your hand on me.
139:6 This knowledge is beyond me. It’s lofty. I can’t attain it.
139:7 Where could I go from your Spirit? Or where could I flee from your presence?
139:8 If I ascend up into heaven, you are there. If I make my bed in Sheol, behold, you are there!
139:9 If I take the wings of the dawn, and settle in the uttermost parts of the sea;
139:10 Even there your hand will lead me, and your right hand will hold me.
139:11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me; the light around me will be night;”
139:12 even the darkness doesn’t hide from you, but the night shines as the day. The darkness is like light to you.
139:13 For you formed my inmost being. You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
139:14 I will give thanks to you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful. My soul knows that very well.
139:15 My frame wasn’t hidden from you, when I was made in secret, woven together in the depths of the earth.
139:16 Your eyes saw my body. In your book they were all written, the days that were ordained for me, when as yet there were none of them.
139:17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is their sum!
139:18 If I would count them, they are more in number than the sand. When I wake up, I am still with you.
139:19 If only you, God, would kill the wicked. Get away from me, you bloodthirsty men!
139:20 For they speak against you wickedly. Your enemies take your name in vain.
139:21 Yahweh, don’t I hate those who hate you? Am I not grieved with those who rise up against you?
139:22 I hate them with perfect hatred. They have become my enemies.
139:23 Search me, God, and know my heart. Try me, and know my thoughts.
139:24 See if there is any wicked way in me, and lead me in the everlasting way. For the Chief Musician. A Psalm by David.

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