According to Old Testament Bible, Isaac begat two twin sons from his wife. Like Abraham and Sarah, the parents of , Isaac and Rebekah had to wait many years for a child. After Isaac asked the Lord to help them, Rebekah became pregnant and bore twin boys, Esau and Jacob.While she was pregnant, these sons gave her much trouble and she was afraid about the future; God appeared to her and told her two nations are taking form in her womb. The two sons were born and called Esau and Jacob. Esau was also called Edom; while the mother’s favorite was Jacob, Isaac loved Esau. Esau (Edom) was hairy and not handsome while Jacob was fair colored and handsome and was destined to carry on the line of Abraham.
There was thus a great rivalry between the twins from the beginning. Jacob went to rule the Jerusalem and Edom settled and his descendant s were called Edomites. When the ruthless king Nebuchadnezzar attacked the Jerusalem, Edomites armies sided with him and destroyed the Jerusalem.
Psalm 137 which is a lament of Jews when Jerusalem was destroyed is given below.
By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, and there we wept when we remembered Zion.
On the willows there we hung up our harps.
For there our captors asked us for words of song,
and our tormentors, for mirth:
“Sing to us from the songs of Zion!”
How could we sing the song of the LORD on an alien land?
If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill,
May my tongue cling to the roof of my mouth
if I do not remember you,
if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy.
Remember, O LORD, against the sons of Edom
the day of Jerusalem’s fall, those who said:
“Tear it down! Tear it down to its foundation!”
O daughter of Babylon that will be devastated:
Fortunate is the man who repays you what you have done to us;
Fortunate is the man who will seize and dash
your little ones against the rock!
This psalm has been made into a very popular song by the pop group called Boney M.