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Happy The One Who Dashes
3 years ago.

When I searched the web for a controversial Bible verse on which to write a post, the verse that came up the most was Psalm 137:9.

The verse reads:

Happy the one who takes and dashes your little ones against the rock!

This verse appears to be a common favorite of people who attack the Bible. And if this verse is to be taken by itself, well do they ask "How could the God of the Bible condone the dashing out of babies' brains?"

But as is the problem with most who try to discredit the Bible, they are taking the verse out of context.

Psalm 137 is a psalm of captive Israel. The latter part containing our disputed verse is about how the Lord will repay the nations who oppressed them.

Let us look at the verse again, this time with the previous verse included:

O daughter of Babylon, who are to be destroyed, Happy the one who repays you as you have served us! Happy the one who takes and dashes your little ones against the rock!

Whoa! Does that not completely shatter the theory of the attacker of the Bible? The key is in verse 8: "who are to be destroyed". Babylon is going to be destroyed for their oppression of Israel! Verse 9 is not describing a God who loves the death of babes, but rather one who so protects His people, that He will destroy the nation that oppresses them! He is telling the Babylonians to be happy if someone des this to their children, because it would be better to die than to fall under His retribution!