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I Went Down a Joshua Graham / Psalm 137 Rabbit Hole

During the Fallout: New Vegas DLC, Honest Hearts, the character of Joshua Graham approaches the player and cites the Bible. The passage he cites is awfully dark, but I wasn’t sure which passage he was citing, so I decided to look it up. This curiosity led me down a rabbit hole of sorts when I decided to find out which version of the Bible he was quoting from.

He opens by saying: “By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion.” Which is the first verse of Psalm 137. But then he skips all the way to the 7th. I figured it’s in order to save on time since he’s trying to make a point about what his plans are. And that becomes abundantly clear at the 9th and final verse.

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Verse 7
“Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Raze it, raze it, even to the foundations.”

Verse 8
“O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us.”

Verse 9
“Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.”

Joshua Graham is a mormon, and according to Wikipedia: “The text of the Latter Day Saint’s Church’s English-language Bible is the Authorized King James Version”. So it came as no surprise that Joshua quoted the King James bible word for word... almost.

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I used a website called: biblehub.com to find various versions of Psalm 137. For a while I thought that maybe he’s quoting verse 7 from a different version. Because with the subtitles on he says: “Raze it, raze it, even to the foundations.” And the King James Bible says: “Rase it, rase it; an “s” instead of a “z”. It also says: “even to the foundation thereof”.

I thought maybe there is one that matches up perfectly, but there is isn’t. They either spell “rase”, add “thereof” at the end, or say to “its foundation(s)”. But eventually I said: “You know what? King James? It’s close enough.” They probably dropped “thereof” because it’s not entirely necessary, and spelled “raze” with a “z” when writing the subtitles because that’s how most people spell it today. Not a big deal.

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I’ve been to a mormon church once. I used to date a mormon girl and she asked me to join her. I heard some sermons and spoke to some people. There were disagreements of course. But that was bound to happen. I should note that her breaking up with me had nothing to do with it.

Either way, Chris Avellone was detailed enough to have him quote the King James Bible since that is the version of the Bible he would have read as a mormon.

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Psalm 137 is pretty messed up though. You can tell that it’s from the old testament; Fire, brimstone, and death. The new testament is based off Jesus Christ who was basically a pacifist, but Joshua makes a good point when he says: “When the lord walked into the Temple and found the money changers and beasts, he drove them out.”

Basically saying that even to Jesus, a man who wanted to teach kindness to people, had a line. This was the line. A temple, where people are supposed to be able to come in and feel safe and at peace. It’s not a place for people to be harassed into bartering.

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