Rivers of Babylon (Tears of Mourning)

  • By the rivers of Babylon,  there we sat down, yea, we wept when we remembered Zion. (Psalm 137:1)

Babylon is symbolic for “the dragon, the leviathan,” and it means “mourning.”

The Israelites were carried away into captivity by the Babylonians because they had failed to obey the Word of the Lord or rather they were known as the commandments that God had instructed Moses to give to the people, with one very important condition:   “If ye love Me, keep My commandments. ” (John 14:15)

Failure to keep God’s commandments brings adversity to one’s own soul coupled with an innumerable amount of obstacles that are, in my opinion, needless.

God loves His people, but He, in His mercy and compassion will not force Himself on anyone if they do not wish to acknowledge or follow Him.  He gave man the “free will” to choose Him willingly, voluntarily.

Not having God’s Holy Spirit, actively involved in our lives opens the door to sin.  Sin is death because God is life.

Below is an example of how sin stepped into King Hezekiah’s house and took captive (into bondage) his household spreading to the entire city of Jerusalem (Zion where God lived with His people):

  • Then Isaiah the prophet went to King Hezekiah, and said to him, “What did these men say, and from where did they come to you?” So Hezekiah said, “They came from a far country, from Babylon.” (2 Kings 20:14)
  • And he said, “What have they seen in your house?”  So Hezekiah answered, “They have seen all that is in my house; there is nothing among my treasures that I have not shown them.” (2 Kings 20:15)

This is where the error comes from or the sin…King Hezekiah trustingly revealed all that he had.  This opened the door for the enemy to step in and take what the king possessed.  I am not saying you need to hoard what you own, but I am saying guard yourselves from revealing your weaknesses to your enemies, because it opens the door for a curse:

  • ‘Behold, the days are coming when all that is in your house, and what your fathers have accumulated until this day, shall be carried to Babylon; nothing shall be left,’ says the LORD. (2 Kings 20:17)
  • ‘And they shall take away some of your sons who will descend from you, whom you will beget; and they shall be eunuchs in the palace of the king of Babylon.’” (2 Kings 20:18)
  • At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against Jerusalem, and the city was besieged. (2 Kings 24:10)
  • Then Jehoiachin king of Judah, his mother, his servants, his princes, and his officers went out to the king of Babylon; and the king of Babylon, in the eighth year of his reign, took him prisoner. (2 Kings 24:12)
  • And he carried Jehoiachin captive to Babylon. The king’s mother, the king’s wives, his officers, and the mighty of the land he carried into captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon. (2 Kings 24:15)
  • All the valiant men, seven thousand, and craftsmen and smiths, one thousand, all who were strong and fit for war, these the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon. (2 Kings 24: 16)

The bad thing about activating a curse is that it can and will affect others who are with you (ie. your family, your servants of the household, your possessions) even for generations to come:

  • Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. (1 Peter 5:8)

Original Boney M- Rivers Of Babylon

Close the door to the curse(s).  Know who your enemy is and bind the enemy from your household; do what God is saying.

  • Do not deprive one another except with consent for a time, that you may give yourselves to fasting and prayer; and come together again so that Satan does not tempt you because of your lack of self-control. (1 Cor 7:5)

Don’t find yourself  mourning rivers of tears for “what once was.”  Yesterday is gone and you have today and all of your tomorrows to make a change for the better. Confess your sins and pray to the Lord:

  • “If now I have found grace in Your sight, O Lord, let my Lord, I pray, go among us, even though we are a stiff-necked people; and pardon our iniquity and our sin, and take us as Your inheritance.” (Exodus 34:9)
  • Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight. (Psalm 19:14)

Or don’t do what God says and you will mourn your days in anguish from lack, from poverty, from never getting ahead, from being jobless, from being barren, which also opens the door to sickness, depression, and oppression.

But the worst thing is that not doing what God says causes separation from He who is life, life everlasting!

  • If ye love Me, keep My commandments. (John 14:15)

Do you know God/Jesus?  Are you born again?  If not, read this:  “You Must Be Born Again” with accompanying prayer of salvation.



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14 thoughts on “Rivers of Babylon (Tears of Mourning)

  1. Hi Mary, Boney M is coming to Cape Town just before Christmas and they were playing this song on the radio the other day. I haven’t heard it in a long time and as I was listening to the words, I was thinking of how hard it must be to sing joyful songs while in captivity by the enemy. Nice to see how you picked up on the words of that psalm and pointed to the results of disobedience. Thanks for the article. 🙂

    • Hi Ula! Wow! You are having Boney M in Cape Town, how exciting is that! I had never heard of this group prior to my research. I fell in love with the song when I first heard it==the beat, the tempo, the Jamaican sound. Then I started paying attention to the lyrics and realized it was biblical. I prayed over it because I couldn’t understand the significance. In fact, I was not going to do anything with it until the Lord gave me guidance on it. Then I looked up the meaning of Babylon and the rest just started flowing. I’m now singing this song because I like the melody and the beat.

      Good to hear from you and if you get to see and hear Boney M, let me know how it went.

      Thanks and God Bless You!


  2. Mary I have often thought of “free will” as a double edge sword. God is so wise to let us choose and we are not wise enough to choose where “free will” is concerned. I agree we should not openly trust others to see all that we are. I believe that we cause curses, and we get them because of others. We do have to be careful. The scripture fits perfectly with your writing, and I like the music video that compliments your article. You are a blessing to me and your article helped me a great deal! Blessings :()

    • Hi Lily! I guess you have your topic for your own next article: “free will” as a double edge sword. I like your concept and I always look forward to your encouragement(s).

      Blessings to you and your continued insight into the Word as you delve into the scriptures.

      Yours in Christ, Mary

    • Hi Alberta! I receive your blessings in the name of Jesus! May the good Lord continue to prosper you in your own walk with Him. You are my own blessing!

      Your friend, Mary

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  4. Great post.

    I think it is important the whole lesson of Babylon and the King opening himself to it.
    I apply this in that we should see if what’s inside of us is involved with Babylon or Zion.
    Is God the one we give access to our heart and desires or do we side with Babylon and desire the ways of Babylon?

    Do we have desires to help the rejected of society as The Carpenter’s Son did or do we spend our time as Ezekiel warned, “Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.”

    • Rob, thank you for your insight re: Babylon or Zion.

      You’re right, our desire to help the rejected of society as the Carpenter’s Son did (Jesus Christ), is reflective of His character, His virtue, and His call for Salvation for the lost.

      Thank you for taking the time out to comment.



      • “This is where the error comes from or the sin…King Hezekiah trustingly revealed all that he had. This opened the door for the enemy to step in and take what the king possessed.”

        Thinking about Hezekiah, got me thinking about Zedekiah, who was King afterwards when Babylon controlled Jerusalem. He rebelled but was captured and they put out his eyes, a great symbolism of his blindness. Like ancient Jerusalem, we often follow blind leaders. This isn’t discounting the great people we can work with, but our leader should be Jesus (I sometimes refer to Him as the Carpenter’s Son because it reminds me His simple life). The Kings of Jerusalem had their vision set on something other than Jehovah and that is why it was so easy for Hezekiah to let Babylon in and show them everything.

        The word casual is the root CASUALty, which is what those who are casual in their faith become.

        • Hi Rob! Welcome back. I’ll admit it took me a while to understand why it was wrong for the King to trust. Until the Lord revealed it to me. It’s not wrong to trust but trust those who have our best interests in mind. The enemy saw the opening and pounded on him.

          Gouging out King Zedekiah’s eyes indeed is symbolic of being not only spiritually blind but evolving to a physical blindness (which is what also happened to Sampson).

          I hadn’t thought of the root word for casualty being casual. It fits.

          Again, thanks for for your opinion.



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