Psalms 137:2 We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. This writing is a … Dear Brothers and Sisters, 1. required of us songs, and our tormentors, mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!” 4 s How shall we sing the Lord ’s song . This plaintive ode is one of the most charming compositions in the whole Book of Psalms for its poetic power. They cannot humour their proud oppressors, Psalm 137:3,4. The melancholy captives cannot enjoy themselves, Psalm 137:1,2. Here are God’s people no longer in their land, no longer in their holy city, no longer in their Temple. With so much interest, we couldn’t ignore the topic of violence in the Bible any longer. 2 On the willows 1 there . It sanctifies (verse 2), and solidifies (verse 3). 9Happy [shall he be], that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones. (1-4) Their affection for Jerusalem. Psalm 137 begins with heart-breaking pathos and ends with shocking hostility. This is the repayment. II. Exposition. 137:0 This is Psalm 137 in the whole book, the 37 th of the third fifty. Throughout the Hebrew Scriptures, the phrase has somewhat of a liturgical sense to it, as if the assembled people of Israel said or sung this in response to the direction of the Levites leading singing and worship. 8:12; Isa. Scoffers are not to be compiled with. Chapter 137 . Do we ask, what reward? Psalm 137:8-9. We have already sung in another Psalm, The words of the wicked have prevailed against us. 2 There on the poplars. 137:1 In 586 BC, Babylon's army destroyed Jerusalem, the capital city of Judah. In order to understand the כּי in Psalm 137:3, Psalm 137:3 and Psalm 137:4 must be taken together. Psalm 137 is the 137th psalm of the Book of Psalms, and as such it is included in the Hebrew Bible. Although I am an atheist, I find the bible chilling, and an extremely interesting book to read. The Religion team sees Psalm 137: 7-9 appear in virtually any conversation on an article that mentions the Bible or one of our many pieces of scriptural commentary. We call the time that the people of Judah were prisoners in Babylon ‘the exile.’ They were not happy there and they wanted to return to Jerusalem. What is the deal with murdering babies? In that sense, it is reminiscent of the opening of the songs of ascents in Psalm 120, where the desire is to be delivered from a hostile foreign environment to travel to Jerusalem, as expressed in other songs of ascents, to be in fellowship with God. Psalm 118 repeated that affirmation five times. They cannot forget Jerusalem, Psalm 137:5,6. Here I. Since there are a number of imprecatory psalms, and since these passages have caused many doubts and questions in the hearts of sincere believers, I thought that we should grapple with the … Perhaps it was prompted by the nation’s coming together in unity at his coronation (compare 2 Sam. Psalms 137 Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a verse level look at the Bible. 5:1-3; 1 Chron. 3 For there our captors . Maré : Psalm 137 OTE 23/1 (2010), 116-128 119 The psalm not only relates the story of a specific period in Israel’s history, but it was probably utilised in the cult as an observance of lament by the exiles. Herewith the Psalm closes, Happy, that takes and dashes your little ones against the rock Psalm 136:9. 2 We hung our harps Upon the willows in the midst of it. Show content in: English Both Hebrew. Psalm 137-9 Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones. 5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, Commentary on Psalm 137(138) Catholic Online; Featured Today; Free World Class Education FREE Catholic Classes . 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