Bible studies for writers

Bible studies for writers | Psalm 137

Well, that last line was totally unexpected! Where’s my shocked face emoji?!?!? Who is happy for smashing babies against rocks?!?!? Here’s another example of why you can’t just open the Bible and say, “See, it says here it’s ok to smash babies against rocks! It even makes you happy!” It does say that, yes, but let’s look at why it says that before we go smashing any babies on rocks, mmmkay? This psalm is written by someone who was just exiled from his home. He just watched armies destroy everything around him. And he most likely watched soldiers smash a lot of babies on rocks. And now, he’s wishing the same for those people, those people who just chased him to hell and back and then back again. And it’s ok that he feels like that. It’s ok that we feel like that sometimes. In fact, it’s probably somewhat healthy to have a love so deep for something that you would hate whoever tried to destroy it. But that doesn’t mean we can go around smashing babies on rocks whenever we feel like it. There’s a balance to righteous anger. While anger itself often is justified, the managing of revenge is not our job. Get what I’m saying?

Sum it up:

We sat there on the riverside
Feeling defeated and foolish,
Especially when those men asked us to sing.
They asked us to praise God
In merriment and worship
While we sat there on the riverside
Feeling defeated and foolish.

Will we ever get the chance
To love wholly again?

We can’t forget how they beat us,
Threw our children away like garbage.
May the same happen to them.

Writing prompt: context

Grab your Bible, and read the first verse you see. Now, do a little research about it, and write about how it could be taken out of context.


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