New International Version
Happy is the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.
New Living Translation
Happy is the one who takes your babies and smashes them against the rocks!
English Standard Version
Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rock!
New American Standard Bible
How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones Against the rock.
King James Bible
Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.
Holman Christian Standard Bible
Happy is he who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rocks.
International Standard Version
How blessed will be the one who seizes your young children and pulverizes them against the cliff!
How blessed will be the one who grabs your babies and smashes them on a rock!
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Blessed is he who will seize your infants and will dash the rocks!
GOD'S WORD® Translation
Blessed is the one who grabs your little children and smashes them against a rock.
JPS Tanakh 1917
Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones Against the rock.
New American Standard 1977
How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones
Against the rock.
Parallel CommentariesMatthew Henry's Concise Commentary
137:5-9 What we love, we love to think of. Those that rejoice in God, for his sake make Jerusalem their joy. They stedfastly resolved to keep up this affection. When suffering, we should recollect with godly sorrow our forfeited mercies, and our sins by which we lost them. If temporal advantages ever render a profession, the worst calamity has befallen him. Far be it from us to avenge ourselves; we will leave it to Him who has said, Vengeance is mine. Those that are glad at calamities, especially at the calamities of Jerusalem, shall not go unpunished. We cannot pray for promised success to the church of God without looking to, though we do not utter a prayer for, the ruin of her enemies. But let us call to mind to whose grace and finished salvation alone it is, that we have any hopes of being brought home to the heavenly Jerusalem.
Verse 9. - Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones; i.e. that brings on thee the worst calamities of war (see 2 Kings 8:12; Isaiah 12:16-18; Hosea 10:14; Hosea 13:16; Nahum 3:10).
Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
Happy shall he be that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones. That takes the infants from their mothers' breasts, or out of their arms, and dashes out their brains against a "rock", as the word (k) signifies; which, though it may seem a piece of cruelty, was but a just retaliation; the Babylonians having done the same to the Jewish children, and is foretold elsewhere should be done to theirs, Isaiah 13:16. Nor is this desired from a spirit of revenge, but for the glory of divine justice, and that such a generation of cruel creatures might be rooted out of the earth; see Revelation 2:2. Some allegorically understand this of crushing and mortifying the first motions of sin in the heart; but such a sense seems to have no place here.
(k) "ad petram", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, &c. "ad repem", Cocceius.
Psalm 137:9 Additional Commentaries
By the Rivers of Babylon
…8O daughter of Babylon, you devastated one, How blessed will be the one who repays you With the recompense with which you have repaid us. 9How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones Against the rock.
Whenever it seizes him, it throws him to the ground. He foams at the mouth, gnashes his teeth and becomes rigid. I asked your disciples to drive out the spirit, but they could not."
2 Kings 8:12
"Why is my lord weeping?" asked Hazael. "Because I know the harm you will do to the Israelites," he answered. "You will set fire to their fortified places, kill their young men with the sword, dash their little children to the ground, and rip open their pregnant women."
Their infants will be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses will be looted and their wives violated.
The people of Samaria must bear their guilt, because they have rebelled against their God. They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be dashed to the ground, their pregnant women ripped open."
Yet she was taken captive and went into exile. Her infants were dashed to pieces at every street corner. Lots were cast for her nobles, and all her great men were put in chains.
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Happy shall he be, that takes and dashes your little ones against the stones.
the stones. Heb. the rock
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