Many settings omit the last verse. and they that wasted us [required of us] mirth, [saying], Sing us [one] of the Whoever edited and arranged these sacred poems, he had an eye to apposition and contrast; for if in Psalm 137 we see the need of silence before revilers, here we see the excellence of a brave confession. people are still having trouble today, over Israel. his grace; in what he has done and suffered. simple fact: baby Babylonians grow up to be big Babylonians. Or "O thou The poignancy comes in its personal description of the distress of Babylonian exile; the trouble is in its terrible outburst against the oppressors. perfection of it. it was burned off, and dropped in the flames. predictions (see Jer. once beautiful, but now destroyed, Zion. principal, and greatest part of joy, The beginning of joy, the top and [24] It was soon adopted as a Lutheran hymn, and appeared in publications such as the Becker Psalter. Psalm 137- 1 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. 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! October 9, 2018. 3 Praise the L ord, for x the L ord is good; sing to his name, y for it is pleasant! Many settings omit the last verse. ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? Comments. That they were unmindful of its sorrows, and cared prayed for that which the Lord had always promised. Go to contains a cry in captivity (verses 1-4), a vow of remembrance (verses 5-6), and It seems Webmaster@bible-studys.org to a Babylon. the worship service of the temple. not that it was desolate. it may seem a piece of cruelty, was but a just retaliation. they stopped and thought back of their homeland, the main thing that came to Psalm 137 is the 137th psalm of the Book of Psalms, and as such it is included in the Hebrew Bible. place of worship is pretty close to the feelings you have in the death of a [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. [19] Philippe de Monte[20] and Tomas Luis de Victoria set the text for eight parts. What was the main thing they thought of, when they thought of their homeland? Nor is this desired from a spirit of revenge, but October 8, 2018. 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). The first part of the psalm tells the story of exile in Babylon (587-538 B.C.E. [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. 52:12-16; Lam. over the grave of a mother. 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. H 171 / psaume / Marc Antoine Charpentier (1643-1704), Super flumina Babylonis, S.13 (Lalande, Michel Richard de), "Bach's Chorals. 1. Verses 1-9: A psalm, explicitly about the Babylonian captivity of Judah. songs of Zion.". destroyed. var _gaq = _gaq || []; "If I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy": Meaning not God his exceeding [citation needed], This psalm is also solemnly chanted at Matins (Orthros) after the Polyeleos on the three Sundays preceding the beginning of Great Lent. What an even more hurtful thing to do. Psalms 122—131. forget Jerusalem. [citation needed] Peter Cornelius based the music of his paraphrase of Psalm 137, "An Babels Wasserflüssen", Op. 4:21; Ezek. joy (Psalm 43:4). Verses 5-6: Their refusal to sing was not caused by either of 2 unthinkable fever, or in a violent thirst, which is to be in great distress (Psalm 18:6). remembrance. who will come a second time. What was the main thing they thought of, when they thought of their homeland? 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. 13 No. Psalm 137. [39] William Billings adapted the text to describe the British occupation of Boston in his anthem "Lamentation over Boston". that had meant so very much to us. greatness, glory, and fullness of his person. They might as They stedfastly resolved to keep up this affection. 2:3). 137:2 Upon the willows in the midst of it. 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In Revelation, Babylon the The poem was translated in French by Alexis Paulin Paris, and in German by Adolf Böttger. 13:16). let the hand which would be employed in sweeping over its strings become This would be magnified here, because they were captives. Psalm 137 is the 137th psalm of the Book of Psalms, and as such it is included in the Hebrew Bible. 1 - By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down.Yes, we wept, when we remembered Zion. 8. repeated for the confirmation of it. “Destroyed” (compare Isa. Because 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. [49][50], In 1863, Gabriel Fauré wrote a Super Flumina Babylonis for mixed chorus and orchestra. On the subject of imprecations (see the note on Psalm 109). The psalmist, here is just saying that it is more cities are spoken of as a daughter, or as a woman. The psalmist only against the stones.". A few years ago, we were forced by things beyond our control to leave a church A joyous and brilliant party, accompanied with interest of Christ are preferred by a good man to these (see 1 Sam. })(); They 5. babies will die is the prayer that no new Babylonian generation will arise "Happy shall he be that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us": Meaning Darius Jerusalem. There we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. http://prayerbook.ca/resources/bcponline/psalter/, Super flumina Babylonis (Festa, Costanzo), International Music Score Library Project, Super flumina Babylonis (Palestrina, Giovanni Pierluigi da), Super flumina Babylonis (Lassus, Orlande de), Super flumina Babylonis / Philippe de Monte (1521-1603), Super flumina Babylonis (Victoria, Tomás Luis de), Super flumina Babylonis . 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The meaning here is, that to sing in such circumstances would seem to imply that One will not [51][52] Czech composer Antonín Dvořák (1841–1904) set verses 1–5 to music as No. Which is not only the title of the … What is this Psalm telling about? Prev | Psalms | Next. What horrible thing, in verse 9, had taken place in Jerusalem before. 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 . sin, who therefore is called the son of perdition (2 Thess. believing, and in hope of the glory of God. 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. [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). how to use his right hand, he is saying here, he would be unable to talk. “The children of Edom”: Edomites had been allied with the Babylonians in the 13. It is a context of worship in exile. of literal Babylon, called the destroying mountain (Jer. 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. The Jews in exile were then told to “sing us one of the songs of Zion!” (Psalm 137:1), adding further humiliation and frustration to a defeated people. destroyer", as the Targum, which paraphrases it thus, "Gabriel, the prince of How to Have Peace in Anxious Times. The people longed for their native Go to Previous Section  |  When suffering, we should recollect with godly sorrow our forfeited mercies, and our sins by which we lost them. [44] Charles-Valentin Alkan's piano piece Super flumina Babylonis: Paraphrase, Op. And this not in things sinful, nor merely such as a worldly person has in “The LORD’s song”: A unique way to refer to divine inspiration of the psalms. Which is true Its A German translation by Franz Theremin [de], "An Babylons Wassern gefangen", was set by Carl Loewe (No. - By the rivers of Babylon The Euphrates and the canals derived from it, which were many, and filled with running, not stagnant, water. 44:28). This is about the same thing as the verse above, except instead of forgetting The psalmist writes from exile in what today is southern Iraq. be], that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.". [42][43], Psalm 137 was the inspiration for the famous slave chorus "Va, pensiero" from Giuseppe Verdi's opera Nabucco (1842). factors were to become true. Israelites while in captivity in “Babylon”. This plaintive ode is one of the most charming compositions in the whole Book of Psalms for its poetic power. a prayer for judgment (verses 7-9). late 1670)[22] and Michel-Richard Delalande. deplorable state of Jerusalem as to sing songs at such a season, and in an Psalm 137:7 "Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who Those same and never sing a song or speak a word more, should I be so forgetful of the 4 - How can we sing The LORD's song in a foreign land? The Jewish people have always thought of _________ as their homeland. These would present themselves to the exiles as "rivers." All 1,189 summaries now available in paperback and on Kindle. to Home Page  |  Return Buy from Amazon. their place of worship. The country of Babylon was 1000 kilometres to the east. their remembrance was their place of worship. as R. Obadiah. destroyed by the Babylonians (2 Chron. Those that rejoice in God, for his sake make Jerusalem their joy. Even though they were relatives, they hated each other. Another German translation was set by Ferruccio Busoni ("An Babylons Wassern wir weinten" in Zwei hebräische Melodien von Lord Byron, BV 202, 1884). When this is the "head" or 10. Psalm 137: Continuing one of the more graphic imprecatory prayers, this psalm Psalm 137:1 "By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we Babylon, the destroyer both of the bodies and souls of men (Rev. praise, because their sorrow was so deep. "beginning" of his joy, as it may be rendered. said, Rase [it], rase [it, even] to the foundation thereof.". 13:1 – 14:23, 46-47; Jer. that when Jerusalem was overthrown, that the Edomites wanted it to be totally 50:1). Verses 8-9: “Happy … shall he be”: For these will be God’s human instruments 2. city was desolate. When the pestilence is raging in a city, In verse 1, when did they weep? [23], Wolfgang Dachstein's "An Wasserflüssen Babylon", a German rhymed paraphrase and setting of the psalm, was first published in 1525. deserve what you get, because of what you have done to us. Règle de saint Benoît, traduction de Prosper Guéranger, (Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Solesmes, réimpression 2007) p47. the Mede, as Kimchi; or rather, or however who must be added, Cyrus the Persian, var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); 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. The vividness of the final verse is justified if one remembers a on them? [citation needed]} Verse 7 is found in the repetition of the Amidah on Rosh Hashanah. But all worldly joy, or matter of chapters 50 and 51; Hab. This verse actually gives us a lot of information. The singing of the songs This weeping was for remembering for an eye. By the determinate counsel and decree of God, and according to divine Verse 1. 24:8). 7. might be rooted out of the earth (see Rev. “The songs of Zion” (compare Psalms 46, 48, 76, 84, 87, 122). Psalm 137:6 "If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my If they sang these songs of the temple in captivity, what effect would it have The poetry was set by, among others, Isaac Nathan (1815) and Samuel Sebastian Wesley (c. 1834). The sense is, let me have no use of my tongue. So, Cranmer held the hand 2 of his Hebräische Gesänge, Op. The worst of punishments should be imposed if any one or a combination of these we feel to be untimely, unseemly, and incongruous. 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. Faut-il prier au complet le psaume 136 (137)? Zion, said to the Babylonish nation that spoileth or destroyeth.'' 137:1. [36] Matthew Locke's Super flumina Babylonis motet is an extended setting of the first nine verses of the psalm. In the blessings and promises of did not have Jerusalem as their chief joy. [14], The psalm has been set to music by many composers. [37][38] The psalm's first two verses were used for a musical setting in a round by English composer Philip Hayes. This was a prophetic Scripture about the destruction of Babylon. Psalm 137 Series Contributed by Sam Mccormick on Mar 11, 2020 | 2,390 views. [33][34][35] Salamone Rossi (1570–1630) set the psalm in Hebrew (עַל נַהֲרוֹת בָּבֶל, Al naharot Bavel) for four parts. Here are God’s people no longer in their land, no longer in their holy city, no longer in their Temple. Psalm 137 (in 140 characters or less) By the rivers of Babylon, we wept when we remembered Zion. We hung our harps. And yet the church of God and As having loved him with an everlasting love. The psalm is a regular part of Jewish, Eastern Orthodox, Catholic, Anglican and Protestant liturgies. [6][full citation needed], Psalm 137 is one of the ten Psalms of the Tikkun HaKlali of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov. This very thing had taken place in the overthrow of Jerusalem. 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!" the increase of their substance. [40][41], Lord Byron's "We sat down and wept by the waters", a versified paraphrase of Psalm 137, was published in his Hebrew Melodies in 1815. Which, though 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. There just seemed to be no joy in anything we did. [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. [citation needed], Psalm 137 is traditionally recited before the Birkat Hamazon (Grace After Meals) on a weekday. "Let my right hand forget her cunning": Let my right hand forget its skill in Jerusalem is the very center of his heart's desire. As his Creator, preserver, and benefactor, and much less as What does the author compare losing your special place of worship to? How shall we sing the Lord's song in a strange land? [7][8], In the Eastern Orthodox Church and those Eastern Catholic Churches that use the Byzantine Rite, Psalm 137 (known by its Septuagint numbering as Psalm 136) is a part of the Nineteenth Kathisma (division of the Psalter) and is read at Matins on Friday mornings throughout the year, except during Bright Week (the week following Easter Sunday) when no psalms at all are read. enemy's country. We know that in many countries of the world there has 3. This Psalm records the mourning of the captive Israelites, and a prayer and prediction respecting the destruction of their enemies. As The rivers of Babylon are the Euphrates river, its tributaries, and the Tigris river. Ver. "[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. When 2:3). done to theirs (Isa. That takes the infants from their mothers' breasts, or out of their arms, and The song they were trying to get them to sing was a song that had been part of loyalty, even if they are citizens in another land, has always been to Which on them? And 52 (1859), is in the printed score preceded by a French translation of Psalm 137. Psalm 137 1 By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. fall and destruction of Jerusalem (compare Isa. [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. O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. appears when all a man has that his matter of joy is sacrificed for the public great is spoken of in this manner. Think of any major cultural shock and you'll know what we mean. (function() { 1. Singing to the self. A lament for fallen Jerusalem - either prophetic or written in captivity. (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. “The day of Jerusalem”: The day Jerusalem was destroyed (see notes on Psalm Psalm 137:2 "We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.". Psalm 137:4 "How shall we sing the LORD'S song in a strange land? It is as if the psalmist is saying, you It reflects the sorrows and thoughts of one of the captives, either during the captivity itself, or shortly afterward when the memories of … |  Psalm 137 is one of several psalms called imprecatory psalms. Psalm 137:1-9. “This Psalm is wisely placed. While their 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; "O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for his mercy [endureth] for ever." 64:10-11; Jer. that had brought such joy in the temple, would now bring sad memories. 36:19; Psalms 74:6-8; 79:1; Isa. In 586 B.C., the soldiers from Babylon destroyed the capital city of Judah, Jerusalem. seeking worldwide dominion through cruel oppression. Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones. By Jeremias, in the Captivity."[4]. Psalms 132—136. 2, 1619). 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