More Problems with Interpretation

Okay, so, I wanted to go back to the post by Ivana Wynn, which can be found here.

We talked about some Old Testament laws that Ivana Wynn talks about that we don’t follow because they aren’t directed to us, but were directed to a specific group of people in a specific culture at a specific period in time (these posts can be found here and here). Most of the Old Testament is like that, specifically the laws.

This time, I want to focus on a verse that Ivana Wynn takes wildly out of context, and it can be found in the Psalms.

The verse in question is Psalm 137:9, which reads,

“Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.”

This is the Ivana Wynn’s interpretation of the verse:

“The Bible encourages disciplining your child… by throwing him against a stone wall, baby!

Doing so will apparently make you “happy” (if you’re a sadistic psychopath, or if you hate your children.)

This is a dangerous encouragement of violence against helpless children and if followed, could easily be used to justify parents who shake their kids to death to make them stop crying or for simply just child abuse.”

However, Wynn fails to look at the verse in context (if you actually read through the post, you’ll find this is done a lot).

So, let’s look at it in context.

Psalm 137 is a lament of their captivity in Babylon. It opens up with this cry:

“By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.” (verse 1)

The Israelites were crying because they remembered Zion and Jerusalem, the places they were taken from, and wanted to return. The entire Psalm, except for verses 8 and 9, are all a lament to God, asking Him to remember them in their captivity in Babylon and return them to the Promised Land.

The last two verses, however, are different. I don’t want to call them prophecy, but rather wishful thinking on the part of the Israelites.

“O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. Happy shall he be, that dasheth thy little ones against the stones.” (Psalm 137:8-9)

So, this verse, Ivana Wynn, has nothing to do with child abuse, but rather a hope that Babylon, who treated the Israelites so poorly, would receive a just punishment for their actions.

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