The Psalmist’s Lamentation And The Demise of Babylon

(King James Version) Psalms 137:8-9 O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.

The above verse is one that was brought to my attention recently by a skeptic on Twitter. Though I have read this passage before, I hadn’t spend much time or research studying it. One of my former friends -who was leaving the faith- mentioned this to me as well; acting like it was a deathblow to the Bible and its inspiration. Though I will admit that such a passage at face value seems hard to reconcile -and incites appeals to emotion- but upon further investigation there are factors and context which give us the clarity, that a surface reading won’t do. First, we must remember that the psalmist is a Jewish writer (not sure who as it does not say) who is embittered towards Babylon as the Babylonians ransacked the civilization of the Jewish people -taking them into captivity- and destroyed their once glorious temple. He may very well be hoping for the “eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth” scenario.

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About Marc Hempe

A. M. "Marc" Hempe, founder of Razor Swift, seeks to open hearts and minds through the platform of apologetics. It's his desire to approach biblical faith, and other issues from a different perspective rather than just preaching to the choir in the Christianese dialect. He maintains that faith and reason needn't be at odds with each other, but can be complementary. May no stone lay unturned.

Marc enjoys playing the drums, reading books, rollerblading, and rooting for the Dodgers among many other activities. He lives with his beautiful wife in Los Angeles, California. To read more articles from Razor Swift go to their website.