Psalm 137: Grief from Exile
Comments: Whether written in Babylon or after their
return, the song remembers the anguish they felt while in Babylon,
as they remembered their great city eventually destroyed while
others cheered on its destruction. How terrible it had been, but
now Babylon also will suffer the Lord's judgment.]
Exile they had wept and refused to sing songs of joy
the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept
when we remembered Zion.
on the poplars
we hung our harps,
there our captors asked us for songs,
our tormentors demanded songs of joy;
they said, ‘Sing us one of the songs of
The exile experience brought anguishing memories of Jerusalem
can we sing the songs of the Lord
while in a foreign land?
I forget you, Jerusalem,
may my right hand forget its skill.
my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth
if I do not remember you,
if I do not consider Jerusalem
my highest joy.
Neighbours had rejoiced at Jerusalem's fall, and now Babylon will
Lord , what the Edomites did
on the day Jerusalem fell.
‘Tear it down,' they cried,
‘tear it down to its foundations!'
Babylon, doomed to destruction,
happy is the one who repays you
according to what you have done to us.
is the one who seizes your infants
and dashes them against the rocks.
Comments: A song of memories [v.1-6] but also a psalm
that acknowledges the justice of God that holds accountable those
who had treated Israel so harshly.]
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