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Psalms 137:8-9

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137:8 O daughter Babylon, soon to be devastated! 1 

How blessed will be the one who repays you

for what you dished out to us! 2 

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

and smashes them on a rock! 3 

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

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

3 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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