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Bible Commentaries

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible

Psalms 137

Verses 1-9

Psalms 137:0

Remembering the Exile

This Psalm is in remembrance of the Babylonian captivity written by an unknown person. Some have named Jeremiah, but he was not in Babylon. The Psalm expresseth the never dying love for Zion in the heart of Israel. The same love is alive today after an exile of almost two thousand years. “If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget its cunning. Let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth, if I remember thee not; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chiefest joy.” But this Psalm also looks forward to the day when divine retribution will be measured out to the daughter of Babylon, when Israel’s enemies will be punished for their sins committed against His people. The fate of the final Babylon as given in Isaiah 13:16 corresponds with the last verse of this Psalm. See also Isaiah 47:6 .

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Gaebelein, Arno Clemens. "Commentary on Psalms 137". "Gaebelein's Annotated Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gab/psalms-137.html. 1913-1922.