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Psalms 137:5 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, Let my right hand forget [her skill].
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget [her cunning].
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— If I forget you, O Jerusalem, May my right hand forget [her skill].
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget [her skill].
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— If I forget thee, Jerusalem, let my right hand forget [its skill];
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, Let my right-hand forget:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, my right hand forgetteth!
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand be forgotten.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— If I forget thee, O Ierusalem: let my right hand forget [her cunning].
Brenton Greek Septuagint (LXX, Restored Names)
— If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget [its skill].
Full Hebrew Names / Holy Name KJV (2008) [2] [3]
— If I forget thee, O Yerushalaim, let my right hand forget [her cunning].

Strong's Numbers & Hebrew NamesHebrew Old TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
If x518
(0518) Complement
אִם
'im
{eem}
A primitive particle; used very widely as demonstrative, lo!; interrogitive, whether?; or conditional, if, although; also Oh that!, when; hence as a negative, not.
I forget 7911
{7911} Prime
שָׁכַח
shakach
{shaw-kakh'}
A primitive root; to mislay, that is, to be oblivious of, from want of memory or attention.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
thee, O Yrlaim יְרוּשָׁלִַם, 3389
{3389} Prime
יְרוּשָׁלִַם
Y@ruwshalaim
{yer-oo-shaw-lah'-im}
A dual (in allusion to its two main hills (the true pointing, at least of the former reading, seems to be that of H3390)); probably from (the passive participle of) H3384 and H7999; founded peaceful; Jerushalaim or Jerushalem, the capital city of Palestine.
let my right hand 3225
{3225} Prime
יָמִין
yamiyn
{yaw-meen'}
From H3231; the right hand or side (leg, eye) of a person or other object (as the stronger and more dexterous); locally, the south.
forget 7911
{7911} Prime
שָׁכַח
shakach
{shaw-kakh'}
A primitive root; to mislay, that is, to be oblivious of, from want of memory or attention.
z8799
<8799> Grammar
Stem - Qal (See H8851)
Mood - Imperfect (See H8811)
Count - 19885
[her cunning].
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Psalms 137:5-6

_ _ For joyful songs would imply forgetfulness of their desolated homes and fallen Church. The solemn imprecations on the hand and tongue, if thus forgetful, relate to the cunning or skill in playing, and the power of singing.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Psalms 137:1-6.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

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Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Psalms 137:5

(d) If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget [her cunning].

(d) Even the faithful are touched by their particular griefs, yet the common sorrow of the Church is most grievous to them, and is such as they cannot but remember and lament.

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I forget:

Psalms 84:1-2 [[To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.]] How amiable [are] thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts! ... My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
Psalms 84:10 For a day in thy courts [is] better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
Psalms 102:13-14 Thou shalt arise, [and] have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come. ... For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.
Psalms 122:5-9 For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David. ... Because of the house of the LORD our God I will seek thy good.
Nehemiah 1:2-4 That Hanani, one of my brethren, came, he and [certain] men of Judah; and I asked them concerning the Jews that had escaped, which were left of the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. ... And it came to pass, when I heard these words, that I sat down and wept, and mourned [certain] days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of heaven,
Nehemiah 2:2-3 Wherefore the king said unto me, Why [is] thy countenance sad, seeing thou [art] not sick? this [is] nothing [else] but sorrow of heart. Then I was very sore afraid, ... And said unto the king, Let the king live for ever: why should not my countenance be sad, when the city, the place of my fathers' sepulchres, [lieth] waste, and the gates thereof are consumed with fire?
Isaiah 62:1 For Zion's sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem's sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp [that] burneth.
Isaiah 62:6-7 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, [which] shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence, ... And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
Jeremiah 51:50 Ye that have escaped the sword, go away, stand not still: remember the LORD afar off, and let Jerusalem come into your mind.
Daniel 6:10-11 Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime. ... Then these men assembled, and found Daniel praying and making supplication before his God.

let my right:

Zechariah 11:17 Woe to the idol shepherd that leaveth the flock! the sword [shall be] upon his arm, and upon his right eye: his arm shall be clean dried up, and his right eye shall be utterly darkened.
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Ne 1:2; 2:2. Ps 84:1, 10; 102:13; 122:5. Is 62:1, 6. Jr 51:50. Dn 6:10. Zc 11:17.

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