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Psalms of grief and Edom’s unhappy future for her role in destroying Jerusalem: Psalm 74, 79, 94, 137; Obadiah

It’s easy to imagine the shock Judah must have felt at the fall of Jerusalem to gentiles, and even worse, the destruction of the Temple.

The people knew why it had all happened: God had given them more than enough explanation (and warning) through Jeremiah and other prophets. The question now was:

Psalm 94:3-7 How long, O Lord?
How long will the wicked be allowed to gloat?
How long will they speak with arrogance?
How long will these evil people boast?
They crush your people, Lord,
hurting those you claim as your own.
They kill widows and foreigners
and murder orphans.
‘The Lord isn’t looking,’ they say,
‘and besides, the God of Israel doesn’t care.’

We don’t really know when three of these Psalms (74, 79, 94) were written. Psalm 74, for example, could have been written by Asaph in his grief afterShishak’s invasion of Israel after the death of King Solomon. Even if it were, it would have been something the Israelites returned to in their grief over a more complete destruction.

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