4 How shall we sing the Lord 's song in a strange land? b. Raze it, raze it, to its very foundation: The Edomites were a sister-nation to Israel, having descended from Esau, the brother of Jacob (Israel). [10] Gunkel, Hermann. Whole Psalm. How shall we sing the LORD’s song Though their conquerors wanted them to sing for their own amusement, the song simply wasn’t there. 2. share | improve this question | follow | edited Jan 19 '15 at 0:39. curiousdannii ♦ 15.6k 9 9 gold badges 45 45 silver badges 97 97 bronze badges. If he did forget, then his right hand could lose its skill to play the harp. Moses wrote Psalm 90 in 1400B.C. The mention of rivers gives the reader somewhat of a visual aid to couple with the communal reflection that is to come. The last and final movement is somewhat of an imprecation against Edom and Babylon. 22 – Sermons 120+ – Illustrations / Stories 26 – Children's Sermons / Resources Eagerly awaiting their freedom on December 31, 1862, enslaved Africans gathered together in churches meeting halls, and private homes all across the nation, anxiously awaiting and watching for the town heralders to come riding their horses into their villages with the news that the Emancipation Proclamation had been signed legally declaring that all slaves in the Confederate States were free. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. [6]. Exegese des Psalms 137 | Stuke, Nadine | ISBN: 9783656163985 | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. I would argue that these events took place after the exile because the tone of the Psalm seems to be somewhat reflective. By the rivers of Babylon, There we sat down, yea, we wept “There is ample evidence that ‘to dash in pieces their little ones’ was a common enough sequel to a heathen victory, and that Babylon had been in no mood for restraint at the fall of Jerusalem (2 Kings 25:7; Lamentations 5:11f. Verse 1. d. Sing us one of the songs of Zion: This was the cruel demand of those who carried us away captive. 137 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. Ver. Your little ones against the rock! The basic hypothesis of this study is that Ps 137 can be best understood when the text is thoroughly analysed. The second movement also employs an if/let or rather an if/then clause. 30-Apr-2011. Slavery, segregation, and Jim Crow laws). The Anchor Bible - Psalms. 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. -- Robert Rollock. Thus, for them, Zion was their Holy City, the place where God dwelled. Psalm 137. The Possible Usages of the Text in Various Cultural Settings, Often times I heard this text preached as a child during Watch Night Services in the African American Church. Is it still possible for the Christian Church to sing this Psalm? The psalm is an acrostic in which approximately every other verse begins with a successive letter of the Hebrew alphabet (the English gets out of sync). Macon, Georgia: Mercer University Press, 1998. Psalm 137 begins with heart-breaking pathos and ends with shocking hostility. It is attributed to David, but scholars say that it was not written by David himself but only attributed to David. [6] Anderson, A.A. God never did, and never can do wrong to any. They unite to lament and grieve. Memory sustains hope”. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. i. New York: Checkmark Books, 2001. (1-3) Mourning by Babylon’s rivers. Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. [20] Greenberg, Kenneth S. Nat Turner: A Slave Rebellion in History and Memory. Happy the one who repays you as you have served us: This is a blessing on the one who brings judgment against the Babylonians, and a judgment corresponding to what the Babylonians served unto Jerusalem and Judea. In The Oxford Bible Commentary. . 29-Apr-2011. ... 24 – Commentary / Exegesis 4 – Pastor's Devotions and more... Thanksgiving. 29-Apr-2011. If I forget you, Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill. The singer refuses to sing for two apparent reasons: (1) because the Babylonians where trying to ridiculed the Jewish people by asking them to sing songs about the Lord delivering them amidst their captivity. by. Oxford Biblical Studies Online. 137) invokes God to bring down judgment or punishment on his enemies. Psalm 137:6 "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." By the rivers of Babylon—there we sat down and there we wept when we remembered Zion. According to the Anchor Bible, "It was a widespread custom among Semitic peoples to mourn seated upon the ground." It is like crying ‘ohhh’ or ‘woe’ repeatedly.” (Boice). How shall we sing the LORD’s song in a foreign land? [1] Commentary on Psalms." "Let us be honest about the pain of oppression and ask if we are the oppressed, the oppressor, or both at the same time." It is important to note here that the Psalmist never says that he wants to actually perform these actions. BACK; NEXT ; Verses 1-6. [9] For them, instruments were tools used in corporate praise. To have done so would have been to play traitor to their own lost city, and to all that their citizenship stood for.” (Morgan), ii. It could be the product of a group of people reminiscing about their experiences and emotional responses to exile or it could very well be a single individual whose poem now reflects the sentiments of everyone in whose was in exile at that time. "In the communal prayer life of the church - namely the liturgies of the Eucharist and the Divine Office, as View Essay - Psalms 137.docx from NBST 610 at Liberty University. The author seems to have actually been apart of the weeping along the canals and also felt the resentment and anger towards the Babylonians. Since there are a number of imprecatory psalms, and since these passages have caused many doubts and questions in the hearts of sincere believers, I thought that we should grapple with the … i. Commentary on Psalm 137:5-9 (Read Psalm 137:5-9) What we love, we love to think of. 29-Apr-2011. ii. “A relief from Sennacherib’s palace at Nineveh, in the neighbouring land of Assyria, portrays a situation not unlike this, with three prisoners of war playing lyres as they are marched along by an armed soldier.” (Kidner), iii. (i.e. Pilgrim had to go through the gate to get onto the road to the celestial city. Klagelied der Gefangenen. The runaway slaves would flee at night by walking and swimming in rivers because the water would prevent the hound dogs from being able to trace their trails. It is a poem. In The Catholic Study Bible. An EasyEnglish Translation with Notes (about 1200 word vocabulary) on Psalm 137. www.easyenglish.bible. When suffering, we should recollect with godly sorrow our forfeited mercies, and our sins by which we lost them. Reflections of lectionary text, pop culture, current events, etc. Within this work I choose to gather as many commentaries as possible and merge them to create a hermeneutic that I personally agreed with. a. O daughter of Babylon, who are to be destroyed: The psalmist directed his words to future generations of the Babylonian empire, giving them notice that they themselves would be destroyed in God’s judgment. This blog entry will also examine the relationship of the Psalm to the experiences f the Babylonian exile of the enslaved Hebrews who produced this work of Jewish literature. New York: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1970. Die Neue-Welt-Übersetzung der Bibel wird von Jehovas Zeugen herausgegeben. ).” (Kidner). It is comprised of 150 chapters in the Hebrew Bible. On the willows there we hung up our harps. Zeal against sin should constrain us to do what we can against it, at least to do more in religion ourselves. Movement one is written in written in more of a communally reflective style with somewhat of a mournful tone. Forget its skill: “In the Hebrew it is only forget, without expressing what, to intimate the extent and generality of this wish; Let it forget or be disenabled not only for playing, but for every action in which it was formerly used.” (Poole), iii. Even in black churches today, the New Years Eve watch night serve is the time where African Americas sing songs, read poems, and dance to remember when their ancestors were enslaved. In The Access Bible. “Let those find fault with it who have never seen their temple burned, their city ruined, their wives ravished, and their children slain; they might not, perhaps, be quite so velvet-mouthed if they had suffered after this fashion.” (Spurgeon). [10] The Oxford Commentary asserts that the Songs of Zion were possibly the Zion hymns (Ps 46; 48 ) or the pilgrimage psalms (Ps 84; 120–134 ). Happy the one who repays you as you have served us! The target of this movement is to serve as a self-inflicted punishment to the exiled for allowed their conditions to cause them to forget “Jerusalem”. In prayer, in discourse, in conversation. Psalm 137 Lutherbibel 2017 Klage der Gefangenen zu Babel 1 An den Wassern zu Babel saßen wir und weinten, wenn wir an Zion gedachten. This movement also switches up its reference to Jerusalem to the third person, while allow the writer, the subject of the poem, to be referred to in the first person singular. Resources » Commentaries » Psalm » Chapter 119 » exegesis. You can check these in your browser security settings. ... 20 – Commentary / Exegesis 4 – Pastor's Devotions and more... Christ the King. “Yet, there was a song in the silence, not heard of the cruel oppressors, but heard of Jehovah Himself. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. Tear it down! Introduction. Meyer took the idea of not being able to sing and used it as an admonishment for Christians: “You have ceased singing lately. In English it is generally known as "By the rivers of Babylon", which is how its first words are translated in the King James Version. PSALM 137 word first as mirth and then as joy. [17] Bantu, Nkodi, Ndungu, and Nganga: Language, Politics, Music, and Religion in African American Poetry." On one level it represents the ordinary features of ancient warfare; on another, the Babylonians were accounted the enemies of YHWH and not just of Israel, for they had destroyed his city and his temple.[15]. If the writer of Psalm 137 had looked at those menacing Babylonian soldiers, and just picked up his harp and sung a song, conformed to what they wanted him to do, he would have let the sun go down on his anger. Somerset, England: Marshal, Morgan & Scott, 1972. Remember, O LORD, against the sons of Edom: The psalmist directed his words to God, asking Him to remember the people of Edom (to the south east of Israel) for their conduct during the conquest of Jerusalem. Psalm 137, Rev Bryan Jackson, Liberal Lectionary Resources, 2013. The small book of Obadiah is a prophetic pronouncement against the Edomites for their part in the conquest of Judea. Psalms 137:1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. The first movement is verses one thru three, the second movement is contained within verses four thru 6, and the last movement is verses seven thru nine. Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. [9] "Commentary on Psalms." You pass through the old routine, but without the exhilaration of former days. It’s meaning and purpose is to convey the sentiments of a captured people who were being forced by their captors to perform uncomfortable and humiliating acts. i. [3] Commentary on Psalms." Psalm 137. Whenever I debate someone about Bible literal-ism they usually mention Psalm 137:9 KJV. Because this psalm is a remembrance of Babylon, many commentators believe it was written after the return from exile. The day of Jerusalem, Their question: “How could we sing the LORD's song in a foreign land, is a refusal to sing and not a request as to how they should be sung. "May. A SONG FROM THE CAPTIVITY IN BABYLON. Exegesis of Psalm 137 In four pages an exegesis of Psalm 137 is presented in an overview of the Psalms book and an extensive analysis of this particular song includes meaning interpretations and critical opinions regarding its translation. In The Oxford Bible Commentary. The notes explain some of the words with a *star by them. i. Happy shall they be who pay you back what you have done to us! This most poignant of psalms escapes as a cry from a people in exile. On the willows there we hung up our harps. We sympathize with the impulse of the psalmist, yet the New Testament calls us to a higher standard: “Our response should be to recognize that our calling, since the cross, is to pray down reconciliation, not judgment” (Boice). Secondly, the singer(s) refuses to sing because in their tradition God could only be praised at a Temple in Israel. There is a very clear distinct tone within it that conveys a message of possible destruction and disaster. In lieu of an abstract, below is the essay's first paragraph. However, the action of killing babies was often a ritual performed by armies that had defeated a country in order to assure that their defeated enemy could have no promise of a future. 1–3, 4–6, 7–9) or v. 4 belongs to the first stanza, and the rest of the psalm divides into 5–6, 7, 8–9”. Psalm 137. We do not know if the location of their gathering was their permanent dwelling place or a regular meeting place. Reflections on Psalm 137 . Prior to this date on September 22, 1862, President Abraham Lincoln had issued a preliminary document declaring and promising that one hundred days later, on January 1, 1863, all slaves would be free. (Attributing a work to someone was not deceptive in that day, it was common practice.) Another reading of this movement is to read the “I” as the writers way of personifying the entire Jewish nation as one united body, which he/she refers to as “I”. . Psalm 137; Die Bibel. Is not disobedience at the root of your songlessness? View Psalm . Instead, they enjoyed Jerusalem’s agony and wanted the city to be completely destroyed. Oxford Reference Online. 2 Unsere Harfen hängten wir an die Weiden im Lande. It is a powerful book for personal praise and worship. Whole Psalm. “We notice that although the exiles were unable to sing the songs of Zion in Babylon, they nevertheless did not break their harps in pieces or throw them in the stream. Psalm 137. The writer begins the poem with a brief reflection about sitting By the rivers in Babylon…Here we have one person recounting the entire groups exile by the rivers. exegesis protestantism death literalism psalms. [14] Commentary on Psalms." Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. According to the Access Bible, “Although remembering Jerusalem was painful (vs.1), to forget the city would mean permanent silence—that is, death. Psalm 137 is one of several psalms called imprecatory psalms. They did not sing, and as the following lines will show, they could not sing. This point is very essential to anyone attempting to exegete this Psalm. No doubt the singer had seen this done to the little ones of Jerusalem, and the horrible image was seared upon his mind. Psalm 137 (Ps 137 EU, nach Zählung der Septuaginta und der Vulgata: Psalm 136 VUL, lateinische Anfangsworte: Super flumina Babylonis) ist einer der bekanntesten biblischen Psalmen.Seine Eröffnungszeilen – „An den Strömen von Babel …“, engl. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. According to the Oxford Annotated Bibliography, exile was “equivalent to descent into the world of the dead; like the dead, the exiles are unable to praise God”. “Perhaps, if some of their modern critics had been under the yoke from which this psalmist has been delivered, they would have understood a little better how a good man of that age could rejoice that Babylon was fallen and all its race extirpated.” (Maclaren), iii. The Old Testament Readings: Psalm 137, Pentecost 19C. Perhaps he regarded the judgment of Babylon to be so certain that it didn’t need his prayer, only his pronouncement, especially in light of other prophecies. 116 are from Psalms. Whole Psalm. According to Hermann Gunkel the "songs of Zion" are a class of hymns where the praise of the holy place appears especially strong, meaning that we call these poems "Zion songs" (Ps 84; 87; 122). But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. For it was out of these distressing experiences that reflective and extensive literature like Psalm 137 were created. Based on the Protestant doctrine, how can I handle this? It is traditionally broken down into five books: Book One (Pss 1–41), Book Two (Pss 42–72), Book Three (Pss 73–89), Book Four (Pss 90–106), and Book Five (Pss 107–150). [3] Man-made channels of flowing water were abundant in Babylon, it was known for its extensive irrigation systems, which produced many canals across the flat plains of the country. S agony and wanted the City to be set on your computer in our domain scene. About how Jesus is going to make everything psalm 137 exegesis, Psalm 137 written... Than performances ; they came from their RELATIONSHIP with God more towards the Babylonians would as. Plural, this pericope recognizes not only the position of the Greek and! Have done to the important theme of remembrance to oppose and to judge or rather an if/then clause would! 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