0 Smashing babies against rocks (Psalms 107-150)

Episode 173: Smashing babies against rocks

Psalms 107-150 (Book V)

He destroys rivers and fruitful lands

107 1 God is always merciful.

33-34 Except when people disobey him. Then he destroys rivers and fruitful lands.

I'll throw my shoe over Edom

108 9 Moab is my washpot. I'll throw my shoe over Edom.

Let his children be fatherless

109 1 Oh God, don't be silent.

2 Because wicked liars are speaking out against me, with words of hatred.

6 Set a wicked man over him, with Satan at his right hand.

7 Let him be condemned; let his prayers become sin.

8 Let his days be few and let another take his office.

9 Let his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.

10 May his children be forced to beg for food.

11 Give his possessions to strangers.

12 Don't let anyone help his family.

13 Cut off his posterity. Let his name be forgotten.

14 Remember his sins, and those of his mother.

Filling the world with dead bodies

110 1 The Lord said to my Lord, "Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool."

4 God swears and he won't repent, saying, "You're a priest forever, just like Melchizedek."

5 He'll be at your right hand, killing kings on the day of his wrath.

6 He'll judge the heathen, fill the world with dead bodies, and wound the heads of many countries.

God gives meat to those who fear him

111 5 God has given meat to those who fear him.

10 The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom.

They will gnash their teeth and melt away

112 3 If you fear and obey God, you'll be rich.

6 Righteous people will never be forgotten.

9 The horn of the righteous will be exalted.

10 When the wicked see it, they will gnash their teeth and melt away.

He makes barren women keep house

113 1 Praise God.

9 He makes barren women keep house.

The mountains skipped like rams

114 1-4 When Israel left Egypt, the sea saw it, and fled, and the mountains skipped like rams.

5 What made you so sick, sea?

6 And what made you mountains skip like rams, and you hills like lambs?

7-8 God turned a rock into standing water and a flint into a fountain.

Dead people don't praise God

115 2 Why do the heathens say, "Where's your God now?"

3 Our God is in the heavens. He does whatever he wants.

4 Their idols are silver and gold.

5 They have mouths but can't talk. Eyes but can't see.

6 Ears but can't hear. Noses but can't smell.

7 Hands but can't handle. Feet but can't walk.

13 God will bless those that fear him.

16 He gave the earth to humans.

17 Dead people don't praise God.

A saint's death is precious to God

116 3 The pains of hell have got hold of me.

11 I said all men are liars.

15 A saint’s death is precious to God.


117 1,2 Praise the Lord.

I'll destroy my enemies in the name of the Lord

118 1 Thank God because he's always merciful.

5 I called God for help, and he answered me.

6 God's on my side. I'm not afraid of anyone.

7 It's better to trust God than people.

8 In God's name I'll destroy my enemies.

10 I will live forever and say good things about God.

God has punished me, but he hasn't killed me yet.

Their heart is as fat as grease

119 69-17 The heart of proud people is as fat as grease.

I'm for peace

120 1 I cried out to God and he heard me.

2 Deliver me from lies.

3 What should be done to a false tongue?

4 Sharp arrows and juniper coals.

5 Woe is me. I live in the tents of Kedar!

6 I've lived with someone who hates peace.

7 I'm for peace. They're for war.


121 3 God won't let your foot move.

5 He shades your right hand.

6 The sun won't smite you during the day, neither will the moon at night.

7 God will protect you from all evil.

8 He'll preserve you for evermore, when you're going out and coming in.

Peace in Jerusalem

122 6 Pray for peace in Jerusalem.

7 Those who live there will prosper.

The heavens

123 1 Oh God, who lives in the heavens,

3 Have mercy on us because we are filled with contempt.

Swallowed up

124 1 If God hadn't been on our side,

3 we'd have been swallowed up,

6 or crunched by the teeth of our enemies.

The rod of the wicked

125 3 The rod of the wicked will not touch righteous people.

We were like dreamers

126 1 When God brought us back to Zion, we were like dreamers.

2 We laughed and sang, and the heathen said to themselves,

3 "God has done great things for them."


127 1 Don’t build a house. Let God do it for you.

2 Don't wake up early and work late. God will take care of you while you sleep.

3 Children are your reward.

4 They're like arrows in the hand of a mighty warrior.

5 Happy is the man that has his quiver full of them.

Your wife will be like a fruitful vine

128 1 Blessed are you who fear God.

2 Everything will go well for you.

3 And your wife will have lots of children.

Like grass on the rooftop

129 5 Let disaster strike all those who hate Zion.

6 Let them wither and die, like grass on the rooftop.

Still waiting

130 1 I have cried to you, God.

2 Listen to me.

5 I'm waiting for you.

Like a weaned child

131 1 My heart isn't haughty or my eyes lofty.

I don't worry about important things.

2 I behave like a weaned child.

A horn buds in Zion

132 1 Remember David.

13 God chose to live in Zion forever.

17 He'll make David's horn bud there.

18 And clothe David's enemies with shame.

Oil on Aaron's beard

133 1 Isn't it great when everyone gets along?

2 It's like precious oil on your head, that runs down your beard.

Even Aaron's beard, that went down his skirt.

Lift up your hands

134 2 Lift up your hands and bless the Lord

Our god is better than all the other gods

135 8 He killed all the firstborn children and animals in Egypt.

10 He smote nations and killed kings.

12 And gave their lands to the Israelites.

15 Heathen idols are silver and gold.

16 They have mouths, but don't speak. Eyes, but don't see.

17 Ears, but don't hear. And they don't have any breath in their mouths.

God's merciful killings

136 1 God is always merciful.

2 He’s the God of gods.

4 Only he can do wonders.

10 He killed all the firstborn humans and animals in Egypt. (For his mercy endures forever.)

15 He drowned Pharaoh's army in the Red Sea. (For his mercy endures forever.)

17 He killed many kings. (For his mercy endures forever.)

21 And gave their lands to the Israelites. (For his mercy endures forever.)

Happily smashing babies against stones

137 1 In Babylon, our captors said to us, Sing us a song.

4 But how can we sing God's song in a strange land?

8 You Babylonians will be rewarded for the way you treated us.

9 You'll watch as we happily smash your little children and babies against the stones.

Before the gods

138 1 I'll sing praise to you, God, in front of all the other gods.

4 All the kings will praise you, God, when they hear the words from your mouth.

A perfect hatred

139 2 You know when I sit down; you know when I stand up. You know what I'm thinking.

4 You know what I'm going to say before I say it.

8 If I go to heaven or hell, you're already there.

19 Surely you will kill the wicked.

21 I hate everyone who hates you, God.

22 I hate them with a perfect hatred. And I count them as my enemies.

Burn them to death

140 1 Protect me from the evil people who are out to get me, God.

10 Let burning coals fall on them. Burn them alive in deep pits. Don't let any of them escape.

13 Righteous people will thank you for it.

It won't break my head

141 1 Listen to me, God, when I'm talking to you.

4 Don't let me eat evil peoples' dainties.

5 Let righteous people smite me. It won't break my head.

10 Trap the wicked people in their own nets but let me escape.

A cave prayer

David’s prayer when he was in the cave.

142 7 Bring my soul out of prison.

No one is justified

143 1 No one is justified in your sight.

12 Cut off and destroy my enemies, Oh God.

God teaches my hands to war

144 1 God teaches me how to fight wars.

5 Come down and touch the mountains, God, and they will smoke.

6 Scatter some lightning, shoot your arrows, and kill them.

7 Send down your hand and deliver me from strange children.

15 That will make us all happy.

Every living thing

145 8 God is merciful.

9 He is good and kind to all his creatures.

16 He satisfies the needs of every living thing.

18 He helps everyone who calls upon him.

19 And saves those who fear him.

20 But he'll kill all the wicked people.

Upside down

146 1 Praise God.

8 He loves righteous people.

9 But turns the way of wicked people upside down.

Praise is comely

147 1 Praise God. Because praise is comely.

4 God knows the names of all the stars.

10 He gets no pleasure from the legs of men.

11 He takes his pleasure from those who fear him.

Praise God, ye dragons!

148 7 Praise the Lord from the earth, you dragons!

13 Only his name is excellent.

14 He exalts the horn of his people.

A two-edged sword

149 3 Praise his name in a dance.

5 Let the saints sing aloud in their beds,

6 with praises of God in their mouth, and a two-edged sword in their hand

7 to execute vengeance upon the heathen.

With timbrel and dance

150 4 Praise God with timbrel and dance.

5 Praise him with loud cymbals.

A few more words about this episode

Let his days be few and let another take his office. (109:8)
This is one that is used by some believers against President Biden
Psalmlet (Psalm 117)
At only two verses, this is the shortest Psalm and the shortest chapter in the Bible.

It is also the Bible's middle chapter, the 595th out of a total of 1189 in the King James Version of the Bible.

Psalm 119
This is the longest psalm (176 verses) and the longest chapter in the entire Bible. It is also one of the most boring.
Happy is the man that has his quiver full of them. (127:5)
This is the origin of the Quiverfull movement - to have as many children as possible.
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