Psalm 137 Captivity

Introduction:  What would it be like to be held captive against your own will?

1. The captive’s remorse  – vs.1-2

How would you describe their remorse?

2. The captive’s requirement –  vs.3-4

Have you ever been required to do something that was against your own will and not in your heart to do?

3. The captive’s resolve – vs.5-7

What don’t they want to do?

4. The captive’s recompense – vs.8-9

Edom – Obadiah 10-14

Babylon – Jeremiah 51:53-58,  2 Kings 25:7;  Lam.5:11f

What is their recompense?

2 Peter 2:9 “The Lord knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptations, and to reserve the unjust unto the day of judgment to be punished.”

2 Peter 3:7 “But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.”

Selected Quotation:

“Verse 1. By the rivers of Babylon] These might have been the Tigris and Euphrates, or their branches, or streams that flowed into them. In their captivity and dispersion, it was customary for the Jews to hold their religious meetings on the banks of rivers. Mention is made of this in Act 16:13, (And on the sabbath we went out of the city by a river side, where prayer was wont to be made; and we sat down, and spake unto the women which resorted thither), where we find the Jews of Philippi resorting to a river side, where prayer was wont to be made. And sometimes they built their synagogues here, when they were expelled from the cities.”   Adam Clarke



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