Micah 3:9-12
An eigth century B.C.E. prophet. "Is not the LORD among us? No disaster will come upon us." Micah is warning the people that this assumption of invincibility might well turn out to be a false hope.[1]

In 586 B.C.E. the end does come. The Jews are defeated by the Babylonians. They were taken into exile. 2 Kings 24,25

"Everything these people valued, everything that defined them to themselves, was gone. Their nation was no more. Jerusalen, God's special city, was a pile of stone. The Temple, God's earthly dwelling place, was laid waste. The priesthood, their sacred customs, their creedal statements, the social fabric that gave order to Jewish life -- all were lost." [2]

Psalms 137:1-4
The Psalm is about their exile in Babylon. The Babylonian soldiers taunted the defeated Jews. "Sing us one of the songs of Zion," their conquerors urged. But the Jews could not sing. They could weep and they could remember, but they could not sing. The God to whom their songs were directed was in Jerusalem. "How shall we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land?" was their response.[3]

1. Bishop John Shelby Spong Why Christianity Must Change or Die pg. 23ff "The Exile of the Past"
2. ibid
3. ibid
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