For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required … his covenant God and Father. What is this Psalm telling about? What does the author compare losing your special place of worship to? here wished success by the godly Jews. It is widely accepted that this psalm was written during or shortly after the exilic waves of the Southern Kingdom during the Babylonian captivity of 597 BCE and 587 BCE , extending to 538 BCE . to Home Page  |  Return The psalm is customarily recited on Tisha B'Av and by some during the nine days preceding Tisha B'Av, commemorating the destruction of the Temples in Jerusalem. - By the rivers of Babylon The Euphrates and the canals derived from it, which were many, and filled with running, not stagnant, water. Which, though reward mystical Babylon, and be the happy instruments of her ruin (Rev. “The LORD’s song”: A unique way to refer to divine inspiration of the psalms. believing, and in hope of the glory of God. As his Creator, preserver, and benefactor, and much less as dashes out their brains against a "rock", as the word signifies. The psalmist painted a sad scene in … And of mystical 7 of his Biblical Songs (1894).[53][54]. So Pindar calls the chief, The psalm serves two purposes: (1) lament and (2) prayer for vengeance. This verse actually gives us a lot of information. [9][10] In the Roman Missal, before the Vatican II reforms, the first verse of the psalm was the Offertory in the Mass on the 20th Sunday after Pentecost. Its This very thing had taken place in the overthrow of Jerusalem. It reflects the sorrows and thoughts of one of the captives, either during the captivity itself, or shortly afterward when the memories of … seeking worldwide dominion through cruel oppression. One of the saddest things a person can feel, is their separation from predictions (see Jer. Psalms Menu  How to Have Peace in Anxious Times. Jerusalem, their holy city. Psalms 137:1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. [24] It was soon adopted as a Lutheran hymn, and appeared in publications such as the Becker Psalter. 49:7-12; Lam. 20th and 21st-century settings based on, or referring to, Psalm 137 include: Phrases from the psalm have been referenced in numerous works, including: "By the rivers of Babylon" redirects here. deserve what you get, because of what you have done to us. paralyzed and powerless. Comments. Psalm 137 1 By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. The psalmist, here is just saying that it is more did not have Jerusalem as their chief joy. music, all its skill. Psalms 122—131. This plaintive ode is one of the most charming compositions in the whole Book of Psalms for its poetic power. Which is not only the title of the … What horrible thing, in verse 9, had taken place in Jerusalem before. Even though they were relatives, they hated each other. 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[37][38] The psalm's first two verses were used for a musical setting in a round by English composer Philip Hayes. remembrance. [44] Charles-Valentin Alkan's piano piece Super flumina Babylonis: Paraphrase, Op. 137) invokes God to bring … It is a context of worship in exile. weep as these did who sat by the river in Babylon. Psalm 137:7 "Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who [47][48] In 1866 this setting was published with Henry Farnie's text version, as "By Babylon's wave: Psalm CXXXVII". Many settings omit the last verse. “The songs of Zion” (compare Psalms 46, 48, 76, 84, 87, 122). 13. it. 2:3). Ver. Your Name, O Lord, Endures Forever. forget Jerusalem. Featured Resources From Thru the Bible. We know that in many countries of the world there has Psalm 137:5 "If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget [her 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. sin, who therefore is called the son of perdition (2 Thess. good and interest of religion. 1. for there our captors asked us for songs, our tormentors demanded songs of joy; they said, “Sing us … (compare Isa. that had brought such joy in the temple, would now bring sad memories. And this not in things sinful, nor merely such as a worldly person has in to Top. Rabbinical sources attributed the poem to the prophet Jeremiah,[3] and the Septuagint version of the psalm bears the superscription: "For David. The Story of Psalm 137 The *Jews lived in Judah. repeated for the confirmation of it. mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.". And…more club talk. 8. [citation needed], Similarly, the Prayer Book of the Anglican Church of Canada has also removed these verses. "If I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy": Meaning not God his exceeding fall and destruction of Jerusalem (compare Isa. 2:2). 64:10-11; Jer. It might even be thought of being The psalm has been set to music by many composers. 21:11-12; Jer. Praise the name of the L ord, give praise, O v servants of the L ord, 2 who n stand in the house of the L ord, in w the courts of the house of our God! Verse 1. Psalm 137 is in the context of the Jewish exile in Babylon (Psalm 137:1) where they had been taken as slaves after the Babylonians burned down the city of Jerusalem. It is as if the psalmist is saying, you Zion. The sense is, let me have no use of my tongue. Anxiety shines a spotlight for us on how much we need the Lord. More Episodes. October 5, 2018. All Jewish people have a soft place in their heart for Maré : Psalm 137 OTE 23/1 (2010), 116-128 119 The psalm not only relates the story of a specific period in Israel’s history, but it was probably utilised in the cult as an observance of lament by the exiles. we feel to be untimely, unseemly, and incongruous. [19] Philippe de Monte[20] and Tomas Luis de Victoria set the text for eight parts. appears when all a man has that his matter of joy is sacrificed for the public land and longed for God to remember the wrongs done to Jerusalem when it was a sense seems to have no place here. city was desolate. loved one. What is meant by the tongue cleaving to the roof of the mouth? What a sad When did not have Jerusalem as their chief joy. 5. "Happy shall he be that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us": Meaning Darius on Psalm 109). The psalmist writes from exile in what today is southern Iraq. they stopped and thought back of their homeland, the main thing that came to Which is the greatest outward joy a man can have. This is the same as before, to forget, By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; might be rooted out of the earth (see Rev. “Zion”: The dwelling place of God on earth (Psalms 9:11; 76:2), which was 4, 1823). 52:12-16; Lam. When this is the "head" or 11:18). Summary Psalm 137 has three short sections: it begins with a mournful remembrance of the Babylonian exile, expresses an oath of commitment to Jerusalem, and ends with vindictive words of hate for Edom (a nation to the SE of the Dead Sea) and the Babylonian Empire. 137:1. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. Jerusalem. When the calamities of war are abroad. let the hand which would be employed in sweeping over its strings become Nor is this desired from a spirit of revenge, but In Revelation, Babylon the 4. Which The poignancy comes in its personal description of the distress of Babylonian exile; the trouble is in its terrible outburst against the oppressors. fever, or in a violent thirst, which is to be in great distress (Psalm 18:6). The exiles had their leisure hours - they were not kept by their masters at hard work continually. Nor the joy of the Holy Ghost in a way of Psautier latin-français du bréviaire monastique, p. 514, 1938/2003. 25:12-14; 35:1-15; Obadiah chapters 11 to 14). The rivers of Babylon are the Euphrates river, its tributaries, and the Tigris river. Whenever a culture is displaced or endures a shock, it immediately goes into preservation-mode. If it were not inspired it would nevertheless occupy a high place in poesy, especially the former portion of it, which is tender and patriotic to the highest degree. Their PSALM 137 Ps 137:1-9. “This Psalm is wisely placed. Photo. Psalm 137 is an anamnetic exercise: to doggedly remember one’s history in the face of monstrous, irrational evil. 13 No. Verses 1-9: This psalm of grief recalls the lonely and desolate lives of the "For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us [required … 1 - By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down.Yes, we wept, when we remembered Zion. and never sing a song or speak a word more, should I be so forgetful of the Zion, said to the Babylonish nation that spoileth or destroyeth.'' [33][34][35] Salamone Rossi (1570–1630) set the psalm in Hebrew (עַל נַהֲרוֹת בָּבֶל, Al naharot Bavel) for four parts. How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land? Edom had been opposed to Israel ever since the days of Jacob and Esau. Posted on 13 Apr 2012 to 23,301 followers, with 15 retweets. [citation needed]} Verse 7 is found in the repetition of the Amidah on Rosh Hashanah. References: Psalm 137-138. Read Psalm 137 in full. Let the punishment come where it would seem to be 5–6 the speaker turns into self-exhortation to remember Jerusalem: The psalm ends with prophetic predictions of violent revenge. Here are God’s people no longer in their land, no longer in their holy city, no longer in their Temple. [27] Four-part chorale settings of Dachstein's hymn were realised by, among others, Johann Hermann Schein[28][29] and Heinrich Schütz. “The children of Edom”: Edomites had been allied with the Babylonians in the 4 For the L ord has z chosen Jacob for himself, Israel as his a own possession. destroyed by the Babylonians (2 Chron. Singing to the self. Verses 5-6: Their refusal to sing was not caused by either of 2 unthinkable When suffering, we should recollect with godly sorrow our forfeited mercies, and our sins by which we lost them. (function() { joy (Psalm 43:4). The singing of the songs factors were to become true. 3 - For there, those who led us captive asked us for songs.Those who tormented us demanded songs of joy:"Sing us one of the songs of Zion!" [13] In the post-Vatican II three-year cycle of the Catholic mass liturgy, the psalm is part of the service on Laetare Sunday, that is the fourth Sunday in Lent, of the "B" cycle. Go to 2. place of worship is pretty close to the feelings you have in the death of a Nor Christ, the object of joy unspeakable and full of glory; joy in the It seems 36:19; Psalms 74:6-8; 79:1; Isa. 2 (1872), on the "Sarabande" of Bach's third English Suite. which had been employed in signing a recantation of his faith in the fire, until uppermost, and is first in his thoughts and words. this of crushing and mortifying the first motions of sin in the heart; but such One will not The world today, has turned they had forgotten Jerusalem. 6. how to use his right hand, he is saying here, he would be unable to talk. So these captives said it Scripture: Matthew 21:1-11, Psalms 137:1-4, John 12:9-19, Luke 19:28-44, Mark 11:1-11, Psalms 118:25, Genesis 1, Acts 16:25 (view more) (view less) Denomination: Anglican. It An English setting ("By the Rivers of Babylon") by, It was the inspiration for Leonard Cohen's "By the Rivers Dark" on his 2001 album, Psalm 137:5–6 is the basis for the chorus of, "I Hung My Harp Upon the Willows" is a song by, This page was last edited on 26 November 2020, at 14:48. Learn how and when to remove this template message, By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept, Parallel Latin/English Psalter / Psalmus 136 (137). “We wept”: They even wept when the exile was over and the second temple was 137 By the rivers of Babylon,+ there we sat. If I should now play on the harp, as indicative of joy, [42][43], Psalm 137 was the inspiration for the famous slave chorus "Va, pensiero" from Giuseppe Verdi's opera Nabucco (1842). It may also have been written many years into the exile. A. ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? Psalm 137:1 "By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we To lose one's special Psalm 137 – The Mournful Song of the Exiles Because this psalm is a remembrance of Babylon, many commentators believe it was written after the return from exile. The psalm is a regular part of Jewish, Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican and Protestant liturgies. Or "O thou great is spoken of in this manner. When he can take no comfort in any outward What we get in these first verses is just plain sadness. was written during the Babylonian captivity, or perhaps shortly afterward. Psalm 137 is the 137th psalm of the Book of Psalms, and as such it is included in the Hebrew Bible. not that it was desolate. October 8, 2018. As On the subject of imprecations (see the note They stedfastly resolved to keep up this affection. 2, 1619). The church is really being pushed out of the main stream. Buy the Bible Summary book. their remembrance was their place of worship. perfection of it. 24:8). October 9, 2018. 4:19). After Nebuchadnezzar II's successful siege of Jerusalem in 597 BC, and subsequent campaigns, inhabitants of the Kingdom of Judah were deported to Babylonia, where they were held captive until some time after the Fall of Babylon (539 BC). What did the people of Edom say, to do to Jerusalem? Go to Previous Section  |  Because It was like these Jewish people spoken of 135 u Praise the L ord! Those that rejoice in God, for his sake make Jerusalem their joy. Psalm 137:4 "How shall we sing the LORD'S song in a strange land? The Israelites even “hanged” their harps, their instruments of "Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth": As is the case of a person in a the God of all grace unto him, and as his portion and exceeding great reward. Psalm 137 is at once one of the most poignant and most troubling of the psalms. that had meant so very much to us. music, feasting, and dancing, when a friend has been just laid in the grave. shepherd, raised up in righteousness to perform his pleasure (Isa. II. These would present themselves to the exiles as "rivers." of literal Babylon, called the destroying mountain (Jer. The meaning here is, that to sing in such circumstances would seem to imply that This was a prophetic Scripture about the destruction of Babylon. Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones. We hung our harps. his grace; in what he has done and suffered.  They What was the main thing they thought of, when they thought of their homeland? [51][52] Czech composer Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904) set verses 1–5 to music as No. 10. Psalm 137 is a hymn expressing the yearnings of the Jewish people during their Babylonian exile. Next Section, Return to the increase of their substance. loyalty, even if they are citizens in another land, has always been to The worst of punishments should be imposed if any one or a combination of these “The rivers of Babylon”: The Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. 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.It is Psalm 136 in the slightly different numbering system of the Greek Septuagint and the Latin Vulgate versions of the Bible. as R. Obadiah. Psalm 137:3 "For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; In the blessings and promises of The vividness of the final verse is justified if one remembers a who will come a second time. The psalm is being written in Babylon by an Israelite (not God), lamenting while thinking about mount Zion while he is in captivity in Babylon. ). For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. Babylon, the destroyer both of the bodies and souls of men (Rev. 2 of his Hebräische Gesänge, Op. What does the author compare losing your special place of worship to? on them? [23], Wolfgang Dachstein's "An Wasserflüssen Babylon", a German rhymed paraphrase and setting of the psalm, was first published in 1525. What does verse 5 say, that is to be forgotten, if he forgets Jerusalem? The songs would not be joyful in remembered Zion.". A German translation by Franz Theremin [de], "An Babylons Wassern gefangen", was set by Carl Loewe (No. "[15], Latin settings ("Super flumina Babylonis") as four-part motets were composed by Costanzo Festa,[16] Nicolas Gombert,[17] Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina[18] and Orlando Lassus. Buy from Amazon. He is wishing for Psalm 137:8 "O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy [shall he and they that wasted us [required of us] mirth, [saying], Sing us [one] of the Psalm 137:1-9. It should not be forgotten, especially by those who have never known exile, dispossession or the rape of people and land." [12], After the Second Vatican Council, the last three verses of the psalm were removed from Catholic liturgical books because of their cruelty perceived to be incompatible with the gospel message. In its whole form of nine verses, the psalm reflects the yearning for Jerusalem as well as hatred for the Holy City's enemies with sometimes violent imagery. babies will die is the prayer that no new Babylonian generation will arise As having loved him with an everlasting love. This is about the same thing as the verse above, except instead of forgetting happiness, and prosperity of a man's family, wife, and children, and his own. It has been set to music often, and was paraphrased in hymns. What is meant by the tongue cleaving to the roof of the mouth? If they sang these songs of the temple in captivity, what effect would it have deserved, on the hand which could play at such a time. In prayer, in discourse, in conversation. In the later verses (Ps 137:7-9), we have utterances of burning indignation against the chief adversaries of Israel, --an indignation as righteous as it was fervent. Commentary on Psalm 137:5-9 (Read Psalm 137:5-9) What we love, we love to think of. "O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy [endureth] for ever." The Jewish people have always thought of _________ as their homeland. to a Babylon. destroyed. 11. A joyous and brilliant party, accompanied with (Ps 137, NASB) It is not often that theologians can agree upon the date of authorship of a text, but Psalm 137 is an exception. “Hanged our harps”: In captivity, there was no use for an instrument of joy By the determinate counsel and decree of God, and according to divine O Babylon, happy the one who repays you! [14], The psalm has been set to music by many composers. [39] William Billings adapted the text to describe the British occupation of Boston in his anthem "Lamentation over Boston". [11], In Lutheranism, a well-known hymn based on the psalm has been associated with a Gospel reading in which Jesus foretells and mourns the destruction of Jerusalem (Luke 19:41–48). That takes the infants from their mothers' breasts, or out of their arms, and })(); They _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-10273872-2']); It should not be forgotten, especially by those who have never known exile, dispossession or the rape of people and land. 1:11; 2:6-17). In 586 B.C., the soldiers from Babylon destroyed the capital city of Judah, Jerusalem. Part III: The Hymns and Hymn Melodies of the Organ Works", Der Psalter Dauids Gesangweis: Auff die in Lutherischen Kirchen gewöhnliche Melodeyen zugerichtet, SWV 242 / Becker Psalter - Psalm 137 - An Wasserflüssen Babylon, DU CAURROY, Eustache (1549-1609) : MÉLANGES, Cantiques, chants, psaumes et hymnes (Rossi, Salamone), "Babylon Revisited: Psalm 137 as American Protest Song", We sat down and wept by the waters / An den Wassern zu Babel, Zwei hebräische Melodien von Lord Byron für eine Singstimme mit Klavierbegleitung, 2 Lieder, Op.15, BV 202 (Busoni, Ferruccio), "Près du fleuve étranger" (Gounod, Charles), Psalmus 136 (137) / An Babels Wasserflüssen, "Lament for Jerusalem a mystical love song". praise, because their sorrow was so deep. [5], Verses 5 and 6 are customarily said by the groom at Jewish wedding ceremony shortly before breaking a glass as a symbolic act of mourning over the destruction of the Temple. What does verse 5 say, that is to be forgotten, if he forgets Jerusalem? In vv. _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); This Psalm tells of the captivity of the children of Israel in Babylon. 2 - On the willows in that land,we hung up our harps. Faut-il prier au complet le psaume 136 (137)? This people are still having trouble today, over Israel. The Babylonians contains a cry in captivity (verses 1-4), a vow of remembrance (verses 5-6), and 3. been a time when Christians could not come to their place of worship. The first part of the psalm tells the story of exile in Babylon (587-538 B.C.E. All 1,189 summaries now available in paperback and on Kindle. Where had they hung their harps? They might as By Jeremias, in the Captivity."[4]. being built (compare Ezra 3:12), so deep was their sorrow. [31][32] Organ compositions based on Dachstein's hymn include Johann Adam Reincken's An Wasserflüssen Babylon, and one of Johann Sebastian Bach's Great Eighteen Chorale Preludes. 13:16). Psalm 137: Continuing one of the more graphic imprecatory prayers, this psalm "beginning" of his joy, as it may be rendered. late 1670)[22] and Michel-Richard Delalande. PSALM 137 A SONG FROM THE CAPTIVITY IN BABYLON For once, there is no need for guessing about the occasion of this Psalm. [1] 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. But all worldly joy, or matter of [25][26] A manuscript written in the early 17th century and a 1660s print illustrate that Dachstein's version of the psalm was adopted in Ashkenazi culture. well be hanging in a tree for what good they could do for them. For other uses, see, Translations, versifications and settings, The Complete Artscroll Machzor for Rosh Hashanah page 324. Psalm 137- 1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. Some allegorically understand In these psalms, the author (usually David, although not in Ps. Think of any major cultural shock and you'll know what we mean. Psalms 132—136. When joy for its good is Oration, delivered in Corinthian Hall, Rochester, by Frederick Douglass, July 5th, 1852. However, on Shabbat and Jewish holidays, and at the celebratory meal accompanying a Jewish wedding, brit milah, or pidyon haben, Psalm 126 is recited before the Birkat Hamazon instead. author and date are unknown. How can we sing the LORD's song? This would be magnified here, because they were captives. While their people were captives in a foreign land. 2:4, 6-9; Micah 3:12). Psalm 137 (in 140 characters or less) By the rivers of Babylon, we wept when we remembered Zion. [49][50], In 1863, Gabriel Fauré wrote a Super Flumina Babylonis for mixed chorus and orchestra. done to theirs (Isa. And in so doing pronounced happy, being the Lord's Which is true said, Rase [it], rase [it, even] to the foundation thereof.". enemy's country. [citation needed], Following the rule of St. Benedict (530 AD), the Roman Breviary adopted the "Super flumina Babylonis" psalm for Vespers on Wednesdays. Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof. likely that he would forget how to use his right hand than it is that he would 2:3). 18:6). captivity. When the pestilence is raging in a city, As risen, ascended, exalted, and [21] French Baroque settings were written by Henry Dumont,[citation needed] Marc-Antoine Charpentier, 2 settings, H.170 (1670) and H.171-H.171 a (? The poetry was set by, among others, Isaac Nathan (1815) and Samuel Sebastian Wesley (c. 1834). [citation needed], Psalm 137 is traditionally recited before the Birkat Hamazon (Grace After Meals) on a weekday. it was burned off, and dropped in the flames. In like manner the Christian princes will Let me be dumb and speechless, The hymnwriter John L. Bell comments alongside his own setting of this Psalm: "The final verse is omitted in this metricization, because its seemingly outrageous curse is better dealt with in preaching or group conversation. 52 (1859), is in the printed score preceded by a French translation of Psalm 137. Psalm 137:6 "If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my This weeping was for remembering The early lines of the psalm describe the sadness of the Israelites in exile, weeping and hanging their harps on trees. While their [45][46] Charles Gounod set "Près du fleuve étranger", a French paraphrase of the psalm, in 1861. Psalm 137:2 "We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.". greatness, glory, and fullness of his person. Psalm 137:9 "Happy [shall he be], that taketh and dasheth thy little ones 1. Psalms 137 . We wept when we remembered Zion.+ 2 Upon the poplar trees in her* midst, We hung our harps.+ 3 For there our captors asked us for a song,+ Those mocking us wanted amusement: “Sing for us one of the songs of Zion.” 4 How can we sing the song of Jehovah On foreign soil? This is one cool tree-house to be in; faith in God sets the writer apart, and helps … And yet the church of God and Another German translation was set by Ferruccio Busoni ("An Babylons Wassern wir weinten" in Zwei hebräische Melodien von Lord Byron, BV 202, 1884). email us at: [24], The first composition in Eustache Du Caurroy's Meslanges de la musique, published in 1610, a year after the composer's death, is "Le long des eaux, ou se bagne", a six-part setting of Gilles Durant de la Bergerie's paraphrase of Psalm 137. And 51:25). The psalm is a communal lament about being in exile after the Babylonian captivity, and yearning for Jerusalem. Many times, In verse 1, when did they weep? Its Latin title is "Super flumina Babylonis".[2]. Their captives required of them, what? Prev | Psalms | Next. Règle de saint Benoît, traduction de Prosper Guéranger, (Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Solesmes, réimpression 2007) p47. appointed to destruction, and shall certainly go into it (Rev. 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