Tehillim / Psalms 137, ספר תהילים קלז, Part 2, The Reminder to Not Forget


In this week’s study from Tehillim / Psalms 137:1-9, the psalmist continues saying, ד אֵיךְ נָשִׁיר אֶת-שִׁיר יְהֹוָה עַל אַדְמַת נֵכָר: ה אִם-אֶשְׁכָּחֵךְ יְרוּשָׁלָם תִּשְׁכַּח יְמִינִי: ו תִּדְבַּק-לְשׁוֹנִי | לְחִכִּי אִם-לֹא אֶזְכְּרֵכִי אִם-לֹא אַעֲלֶה אֶת-יְרוּשָׁלַם עַל רֹאשׁ שִֹמְחָתִי: 137:4 How can we sing the Lord’s song In a foreign land? 137:5 If I forget you, O Jerusalem, May my right hand forget her skill. 137:6 May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth If I do not remember you, If I do not exalt Jerusalem Above my chief joy. (NASB) The psalmist speaks of the nature of forgetfulness. Zion is not a place to forget. Forgetting Zion is as unnatural as the hand forgetting her skill, and the tongue clinging to the roof of the mouth. The Psalmist concludes saying, ז זְכֹר יְהֹוָה | לִבְנֵי אֱדוֹם אֵת יוֹם יְרוּשָׁלָם הָאֹמְרִים עָרוּ | עָרוּ עַד הַיְסוֹד בָּהּ: ח בַּת-בָּבֶל הַשְּׁדוּדָה אַשְׁרֵי שֶׁיְשַׁלֶּם-לָךְ אֶת-גְּמוּלֵךְ שֶׁגָּמַלְתְּ לָנוּ: ט אַשְׁרֵי | שֶׁיֹּאחֵז וְנִפֵּץ אֶת-עֹלָלַיִךְ אֶל-הַסָּלַע: 137:7 Remember, O Lord, against the sons of Edom The day of Jerusalem, Who said, ‘Raze it, raze it To its very foundation.’ 137:8 O daughter of Babylon, you devastated one, How blessed will be the one who repays you With the recompense with which you have repaid us. 137:9 How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones Against the rock. (NASB) In the midst of their sorrow, is there a sign of their having repented? They seek the Lord’s help from the recesses of His mercy!  Read more here: Tehillim 137-Part1-and-2