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Wed. Jul. 05, 2017

Dashing the Little Ones Against the Rock - Does This Verse Really Belong in Scripture

Category: General
By: Paul Carter

"The destruction of the Temple of Jerusalem" by Francesco Hayez (PD-US)

The standard version of the RMM Bible Reading Plan takes you through the whole Old Testament once and the New Testament and Psalms twice in a single year. That means that TWICE every year I find myself wrestling with Psalm 137:8-9:

O daughter of Babylon, doomed to be destroyed, blessed shall he be who repays you with what you have done to us! 9 Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock! (Psalms 137:8–9 ESV)

Does that really belong in the Bible?

Am I actually supposed to read, sing or pray that?

They say that the Book of Psalms was the songbook of the early church – but how could anyone who knows and loves Jesus read or sing – let alone pray a sentence like that? We were told to love our enemies; we were told to turn the other cheek – how in the world does this go with that? 

Sooner or later every honest Bible reader finds herself asking some version of that question. These verses are – beyond a shadow of a doubt – among the very hardest verses of the Bible to accept as Christian Scripture. 

But should they be?  Keep reading...


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