Psalms 137* The Jews bewail their captivity. (1-4) Their affection forJerusalem. (5-9)1-4 Their enemies had carried the Jews captive from their ownland. To complete their woes, they insulted over them; theyrequired of them mirth and a song. This was very barbarous; alsoprofane, for no songs would serve but the songs of Zion.Scoffers are not to be compiled with. They do not say, How shallwe sing, when we are so much in sorrow? but, It is the Lord'ssong, therefore we dare not sing it among idolaters. 5-9 What we love, we love to think of. Those that rejoice inGod, for his sake make Jerusalem their joy. They stedfastlyresolved to keep up this affection. When suffering, we shouldrecollect with godly sorrow our forfeited mercies, and our sinsby which we lost them. If temporal advantages ever render aprofession, the worst calamity has befallen him. Far be it fromus to avenge ourselves; we will leave it to Him who has said,Vengeance is mine. Those that are glad at calamities, especiallyat the calamities of Jerusalem, shall not go unpunished. Wecannot pray for promised success to the church of God withoutlooking to, though we do not utter a prayer for, the ruin of herenemies. But let us call to mind to whose grace and finishedsalvation alone it is, that we have any hopes of being broughthome to the heavenly Jerusalem
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