Tears of Exile
Verse 1 – By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept when we remembered Zion.
Verse 2 – We hung our harps upon the willows in the midst of it.
The rivers of Babylon were a series of canals running through the southern plain (Ezekiel 1:1; Daniel 8:21). During their exile this is where they stopped to grieve.
Verse 3 – For there those who carried us away captive required of us a song, and those who plundered us required of us mirth, saying, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
Verse 4 – How long shall we sing the Lords song in a foreign land?
Verse 5 – If I forget you, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her skill!
Verse 6 – If I do not remember you, let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth – If I do not exalt Jerusalem above my chief joy.
The psalmist took an oath to stay loyal to Jerusalem, which represented the city , the land, and the temple, symbols of God’s promise to Israel
Verse 7 – Remember, O Lord, against the sons of Edom the day of Jerusalem, who said, “Raze it, raze it, to its very foundation!”
The Edomites were related to Israel, both nations have descended from Isaac. There was bitter hatred between these two nations because when Jerusalem was attacked by the Babylonians, the Edomites didn’t come to help them. In fact, they rejoiced when Jerusalem was attacked and the people were carried off (Jeremiah 49:7-22).
Verse 8 – O daughter of Babylon, who are to be destroyed, happy shall he be who repays you as you have served us!
Verse 9 – Happy shall he be who takes and dashes your little ones against the rock.
Wow! That turned vicious in the last verse. Isaiah 13:16, speaks of this in his writings of the last days what will happen to the wicked.
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