By the Rivers of Babylon (Psalm 137)


This interpretation of Psalm 137, by Boney M, which draws from a Psalm that speaks of the experience of the Jewish exiles being separated from their homeland, is a bit untraditional, but worth listening to as part of our River Crossings Journey.

As you listen/watch the video of the song "By the Rivers of Babylon" from the 1970s, you can read the opening lines of the Psalm, and consider the idea of exile and being a refugee. 


Psalm 137:1-4 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)


By the rivers of Babylon—
    there we sat down and there we wept
    when we remembered Zion.
On the willows[a] there
    we hung up our harps.
For there our captors
    asked us for songs,
and our tormentors asked for mirth, saying,
    “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
How could we sing the Lord’s song
    in a foreign land?

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