Psalms 137:8

8 O daughter Babylon, you devastator! Happy shall they be who pay you back what you have done to us!

Psalms 137:8 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 137:8

O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed
By the determinate counsel and decree of God, and according to divine predictions; see ( Jeremiah 50:1-51:64 ) ; so mystical Babylon, antichrist, and the man of sin, who therefore is called the son of perdition, ( 2 Thessalonians 2:3 ) ; because appointed to destruction, and shall certainly go into it, ( Revelation 17:8 ) ; or "O thou destroyer", as the Targum, which paraphrases it thus,

``Gabriel, the prince of Zion, said to the Babylonish nation that spoileth or destroyeth;''

which is true of literal Babylon, called the destroying mountain, ( Jeremiah 51:25 ) ; and of mystical Babylon, the destroyer both of the bodies and souls of men, ( Revelation 11:18 ) ;

happy [shall he be] that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us;
meaning Darius the Mede, as Kimchi; or rather, or however who must be added, Cyrus the Persian, as R. Obadiah; who were ordered by the Lord to retaliate her, and do as she had done to others, ( Jeremiah 50:15 Jeremiah 50:29 ) ; and in so doing pronounced happy, being the Lord's shepherd, raised up in righteousness to perform his pleasure, ( Isaiah 44:28 ) ( 45:13 ) ; and here wished success by the godly Jews. In like manner the Christian princes will reward mystical Babylon, and be the happy instruments of her ruin, ( Revelation 18:6 ) .

Psalms 137:8 In-Context

6 Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.
7 Remember, O Lord, against the Edomites the day of Jerusalem's fall, how they said, "Tear it down! Tear it down! Down to its foundations!"
8 O daughter Babylon, you devastator! Happy shall they be who pay you back what you have done to us!
9 Happy shall they be who take your little ones and dash them against the rock!

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Or [you who are devastated]
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