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Psalms 137:7-9


137:7 Remember, O Lord, what the Edomites did

on the day Jerusalem fell. 1 

They said, “Tear it down, tear it down, 2 

right to its very foundation!”

137:8 O daughter Babylon, soon to be devastated! 3 

How blessed will be the one who repays you

for what you dished out to us! 4 

137:9 How blessed will be the one who grabs your babies

and smashes them on a rock! 5 

1 tn Heb “remember, O Lord, against the sons of Edom, the day of Jerusalem.”

2 tn Heb “lay [it] bare, lay [it] bare.”

3 tn Heb “O devastated daughter of Babylon.” The psalmist dramatically anticipates Babylon’s demise.

4 tn Heb “O the happiness of the one who repays you your wage which you paid to us.”

5 sn For other references to the wholesale slaughter of babies in the context of ancient Near Eastern warfare, see 2 Kgs 8:12; Isa 13:16; Hos 13:16; Nah 3:10.

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