Psalms – Chapter 137

The Bible – Old Testament

Psalms

Index

Int. 1. 2.136. 137. 138.149. 150.

Psalms

Chapter 137

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1 By the rivers of Babylon we sat mourning and weeping when we remembered Zion.

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2 On the poplars of that land we hung up our harps.

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There our captors asked us for the words of a song; Our tormentors, for a joyful song: “Sing for us a song of Zion!”

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But how could we sing a song of the LORD in a foreign land?

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If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand wither.

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May my tongue stick to my palate if I do not remember you, If I do not exalt Jerusalem beyond all my delights.

7

Remember, LORD, against Edom that day at Jerusalem. They said: “Level it, level it down to its foundations!”

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Fair Babylon, you destroyer, happy those who pay you back the evil you have done us!

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3 Happy those who seize your children and smash them against a rock.

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1 [Psalm 137] A temple singer refuses to sing the people’s sacred songs in an alien land despite demands from Babylonian captors ( Psalm 137:1-4). The singer swears an oath by what is most dear to a musician – hands and tongue – to exalt Jerusalem always ( Psalm 137:5-6). The psalm ends with a prayer that the old enemies of Jerusalem, Edom and Babylon, be destroyed ( Psalm 137:7-9).

2 [2] Poplars: sometimes incorrectly translated “willow.” The Euphrates poplar is a high tree common on riverbanks in the Orient.

3 [9] Happy those who seize your children and smash them against a rock: the infants represent the future generations, and so must be destroyed if the enemy is truly to be eradicated.

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Index

Int. 1. 2.136. 137. 138.149. 150.

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