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Bible Commentaries

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Psalms 137

Verse 1

By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.

Sat — The usual posture of mourners.

Verse 2

We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof.

Harps — Harps are here put for all instruments of musick.

Verse 3

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.

A song — Such songs as you used to sing in the temple of Zion.

Verse 4

How shall we sing the LORD's song in a strange land?

The Lord's — Those songs which were appointed by God to be sung only in his service.

Verse 6

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.

If — If I do not value Jerusalem's prosperity more than all other delights.

Verse 7

Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.

The day — In the time of its destruction.

Verse 8

O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.

Happy — As being God's instrument to vindicate his honour, and execute his just judgments.

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Bibliographical Information
Wesley, John. "Commentary on Psalms 137". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". 1765.