Psalm 137:9
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!

Berean Study Bible
Blessed is he who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.

King James Bible
Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.

New King James Version
Happy the one who takes and dashes Your little ones against the rock!

New American Standard Bible
Blessed will be one who seizes and dashes your children Against the rock.

NASB 1995
How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones Against the rock.

NASB 1977
How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones Against the rock.

Amplified Bible
How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones Against the rock.

Christian Standard Bible
Happy is he who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rocks.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Happy is he who takes your little ones and dashes them against the rocks.

American Standard Version
Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones Against the rock.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Blessed is he who will seize your infants and will dash the rocks!

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Blessed shall he be who shall seize and dash thine infants against the rock.

Contemporary English Version
May the Lord bless everyone who beats your children against the rocks!

Douay-Rheims Bible
Blessed be he that shall take and dash thy little ones against the rock.

English Revised Version
Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the rock.

Good News Translation
who take your babies and smash them against a rock.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Blessed is the one who grabs your little children and smashes them against a rock.

International Standard Version
How blessed will be the one who seizes your young children and pulverizes them against the cliff!

JPS Tanakh 1917
Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones Against the rock.

Literal Standard Version
O the blessedness of him who seizes, and has dashed your sucklings on the rock!

NET Bible
How blessed will be the one who grabs your babies and smashes them on a rock!

New Heart English Bible
Blessed shall he be who takes and dashes your little ones against the rock.

World English Bible
Happy shall he be, who takes and dashes your little ones against the rock. By David.

Young's Literal Translation
O the happiness of him who doth seize, And hath dashed thy sucklings on the rock!

Additional Translations ...
Context
By the Rivers of Babylon
8O Daughter of Babylon, doomed to destruction, blessed is he who repays you as you have done to us. 9Blessed is he who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.

Cross References
Mark 9:18
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 it out, but they were unable."

2 Kings 8:12
"Why is my lord weeping?" asked Hazael. "Because I know the evil you will do to the Israelites," Elisha replied. "You will set fire to their fortresses, kill their young men with the sword, dash their little ones to pieces, and rip open their pregnant women."

Isaiah 13:16
Their infants will be dashed to pieces before their eyes, their houses will be looted, and their wives will be ravished.

Hosea 13:16
Samaria will bear her guilt because she has rebelled against her God. They will fall by the sword; their little ones will be dashed to pieces, and their pregnant women ripped open.

Nahum 3:10
Yet she became an exile; she went into captivity. Her infants were dashed to pieces at the head of every street. They cast lots for her dignitaries, and all her nobles were bound in chains.


Treasury of Scripture

Happy shall he be, that takes and dashes your little ones against the stones.

and dasheth

Isaiah 13:16
Their children also shall be dashed to pieces before their eyes; their houses shall be spoiled, and their wives ravished.

Hosea 10:14
Therefore shall a tumult arise among thy people, and all thy fortresses shall be spoiled, as Shalman spoiled Betharbel in the day of battle: the mother was dashed in pieces upon her children.

Hosea 13:16
Samaria shall become desolate; for she hath rebelled against her God: they shall fall by the sword: their infants shall be dashed in pieces, and their women with child shall be ripped up.

the stones.









(9) Little ones.--Literally, sucklings.

Stones.--Better, cliff or rock.

For this feature of barbarous cruelty with which ancient war was cursed see 2Kings 8:12; Isaiah 13:16; Hosea 10:14, &c; and comp. Homer, Iliad, xxii. 63: "My bleeding infants dashed against the floor."

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).



Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Blessed is
אַשְׁרֵ֤י ׀ (’aš·rê)
Interjection
Strong's 835: Happiness, interjection, how happy!

he who seizes
שֶׁיֹּאחֵ֓ז (še·yō·ḥêz)
Pronoun - relative | Verb - Qal - Imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 270: To grasp, take hold, take possession

your infants
עֹ֝לָלַ֗יִךְ (‘ō·lā·la·yiḵ)
Noun - masculine plural construct | second person feminine singular
Strong's 5768: A suckling

and dashes
וְנִפֵּ֬ץ (wə·nip·pêṣ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Piel - Conjunctive perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 5310: To dash to pieces, scatter

them against
אֶל־ (’el-)
Preposition
Strong's 413: Near, with, among, to

the rocks.
הַסָּֽלַע׃ (has·sā·la‘)
Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5553: A craggy rock


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