Bible Walkthrough: Season Two Episode: #024 A clear, easy-to-follow, video walk-through to help you understand the psalms of a defeat and broken Israeli. Psalm 137 "1 By the rivers of Babylon we sit down and weep when we remember Zion. 2 On the poplars in her midst we hang our harps, 3 for there our captors ask us to compose songs; those who mock us demand that we be happy, saying: "Sing for us a song about Zion!" 4 How can we sing a song to the Lord in a foreign land? 5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand be crippled! 6 May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, and do not give Jerusalem priority over whatever gives me the most joy. 7 Remember, O Lord, what the Edomites did on the day Jerusalem fell. They said, "Tear it down, tear it down, right to its very foundation!" 8 O daughter Babylon, soon to be devastated! How blessed will be the one who repays you for what you dished out to us! 9 How blessed will be the one who grabs your babies and smashes them on a rock!" _________________ Adam Ayers Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary, School of Intercultural Studies Assistant Professor of Anthropology, Vanguard University of Southern California Adjunct Professor of Global Studies, Azusa Pacific University Adjunct Professor of Intercultural Studies, Fuller Theological Seminary Senior Pastor, Faith Worship Community, Costa Mesa, CA Dr. Ayers has been pastoring at Faith Worship Community since 1986. His pursuits are interdisciplinary, integrating anthropology, narrative studies, religion and missiology. He is a practicing missiologist and folk-story performer with specialization in symbolic communication and interpretation theory. He has published a wide variety of folk works in addition to academic treatment of social boundaries and religious behavior. Wesley Warner Instructor of Humanities and Science, Public Charter School, Newport Beach, CA Wesley Warner began his studies at the United States Naval Academy and finished at Vanguard University of Southern California, from which he holds the Bachelor's degree in Sociology. Mr. Warner is a former Shaman, a religious practitioner, and a career educator, who also holds the California Teaching Credential in Geo-science and English. Coltyn Seifert Media Producer, Infinite Productions, Southern California www.coltynseifert.com Coltyn Seifert is the creator of the production company, Infinite Productions, which specializes in podcasting, professional video content, high quality photography and literary authoring. He currently resides in Southern California.
This is one of the most famous Psalms, maybe -- perhaps after the Lord is My Shepherd, Psalm 23... The last phrase of this Psalm is so troubling, so violent, and other songs based on this Psalm have chosen to leave it out. But I want to be completely true to scripture, unapologetic, unexplained, uninterpreted. I imagine that when the Jews were led away into captivity, they'd seen their own children's heads bashed in, just as they are describing. I bet the image was indelibly burned onto the backs of their eyelids! There have been times when I've felt led away into captivity, or where at the least, I was required to hang up my harp, figuratively speaking, and many tears were shed. Churches are sometimes the very worst of devastators. For those of you who know what I'm talking about, may this Psalm speak to your hearts. Amen. -------------- Psalm 137 Lament over the Destruction of Jerusalem 1 By the rivers of Babylon— there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion. 2 On the willows[a] there we hung up our harps. 3 For there our captors asked us for songs, and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying, ‘Sing us one of the songs of Zion!’ 4 How could we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land? 5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand wither! 6 Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy. 7 Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites the day of Jerusalem’s fall, how they said, ‘Tear it down! Tear it down! Down to its foundations!’ 8 O daughter Babylon, you devastator![b] Happy shall they be who pay you back what you have done to us! 9 Happy shall they be who take your little ones and dash them against the rock! Footnotes: Psalm 137:2 Or poplars Psalm 137:8 Or you who are devastated New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised (NRSVA) New Revised Standard Version Bible: Anglicised Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Song # 1150 from Our Gospel In Song Collection by Col Johnston. The Psalms in the Old Testament section of the Holy Bible, are a collection of hymns and prayers gathered together over a long period of time, and they are of many kinds. Some reflect worshipping God, while others are prayers and hymns calling for help, protection, forgiveness, salvation and songs of thanksgiving. By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion (Psalm 137:1). There on the poplars we hung our harps (Psalm 137:2), for there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy, they said "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!" (Psalm 137:3). How can we sing the songs of the Lord while in a foreign land? (Psalm 137:4). If I forget you, oh Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill (Psalm 137:5). May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not consider Jerusalem my highest joy (Psalm 137:6). Remember, oh Lord, what the Edomites did on the day Jerusalem fell. "Tear it down" they cried, "Tear it down to its foundations!" (Psalm 137:7). Oh Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, happy is He who repays you for what you have done to us (Psalm 137:8). He who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks (Psalm 137:9). Thought for today: final justice is in the hands of a just God. Thought for the future: prayer acknowledges our need for God. Where will you spend your eternity?
George Mursell Garrett (8 June 1834 -- 8 April 1897) was an English organist and composer. Garrett was born in Winchester where his father was master of the choristers at Winchester Cathedral. He later served as assistant to Samuel Sebastian Wesley at Winchester. Garrett was appointed the Director of Music at St. John's College, Cambridge in 1857 and held the position for forty years. Garrett wrote music for the Anglican Church in the form of service settings and anthems. He is perhaps best represented today by his Anglican chant setting of Psalm 126.
Psalm 137 - Old Testament - The Holy Bible (KJV) King James Version - Free English Audio Bibel ************************************************************** Psalm 137 (King James Version) ●http://www.bibleserver.com/text/KJV/Psalmen137 ************************************************************** 1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. 2 We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. 3 For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying , Sing us one of the songs of Zion. 4 How shall we sing the LORD' song in a strange land? 5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning . 6 If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy. 7 Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it , rase it, even to the foundation thereof. 8 O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be , that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. 9 Happy shall he be , that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.