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Can someone explain Psalm 137:9 to me?

#1mystic belmontPosted 6/10/2011 10:02:39 AM
http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=psalm%20137&version=NIV

Happy is the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.
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#2bsballa09Posted 6/10/2011 10:06:36 AM
*sigh*
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#3kozlo100Posted 6/10/2011 10:24:21 AM
The psalm is pretty clearly describing the feelings of the Jewish people during their exile after the Babylonians took Jerusalem. It expresses their sadness, their commitment to remember Jerusalem, and a bitter wish for revenge.

The line you quoted would be part of that last bit.
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#4bsballa09Posted 6/10/2011 10:26:30 AM
^^^

This. People take Psalms too literally when they don't know what Psalms actually is.
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#52ndSamuraiPosted 6/10/2011 11:44:07 AM
Yup
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#6OrangeWizardPosted 6/10/2011 12:14:27 PM
You can close this topic now, belmont. Your question has been successfully answered.
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#7SirThinkALotPosted 6/10/2011 3:16:11 PM(edited)
dangit, kozlo took my answer...

So because I can I'm going to say read the rest of the poem/song:

1 By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept
when we remembered Zion.
2 There on the poplars
we hung our harps,
3 for there our captors asked us for songs,
our tormentors demanded songs of joy;
they said, “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
4 How can we sing the songs of the LORD
while in a foreign land?
5 If I forget you, Jerusalem,
may my right hand forget its skill.
6 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.

7 Remember, LORD, what the Edomites did
on the day Jerusalem fell.
“Tear it down,” they cried,
“tear it down to its foundations!”
8 Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction,
happy is the one who repays you
according to what you have done to us.
9 Happy is the one who seizes your infants
and dashes them against the rocks.

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#8bsballa09Posted 6/10/2011 6:53:57 PM
5 If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill.
6 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.


My favorite part in all of Psalms.
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#9fudrickPosted 6/12/2011 12:33:40 PM
This still seems pretty bad, even metaphorically.
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#10SirThinkALotPosted 6/12/2011 12:52:52 PM(edited)
To make it easier to comprehend, imagine China invades the US(or whatever your country is), destroys all the most important monuments in your country, and takes the vast majority of your population(who wasnt killed in the invasion) back to China to force them to work in their factories.

Is it really that hard to imagine that you might desire revenge on the Chinese? that you might say things like 'I want to kill every one of these Chinese ****ers'

It actually would have been even worse for the Israelites, for whom the land of Israel was not just their home, but was also of central importance to their culture and religion: the land was promised and given to them by God it was the center of there covenant and beliefs.
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