The wrath of God, running in the curse of the law, may be considered as the brook in the way of his undertaking. After all, the sins of the fathers are visited on the children who hate God Deut. When he is judged, let him come forth guilty, And let his prayer become sin. May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor. Let them curse, but you will bless! And do I not loathe those who rise up against Thee? If Saul were the enemy in mind, the punishment would simply be to receive in return what he had meted out to David. This is the basis for his petition for the punishment of the wicked.
For, it was the only truly international road of all those which passed through Palestine; indeed, it formed one of the great highways of the world's commerce. May his days be few; may another take his office! Bug off Satan in the mighty Name of Jesus Christ. Paul delivered Hymenaeus and Alexander over to Satan 1 Tim. Jesus reminded His hearers that this principle was never intended to encourage revenge, but was a principle governing judgment to be applied by the judges of Israel cf. Do I not hate those who hate Thee, O Lord? God said that the sins of the fathers would be visited on the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate God Exod. Because that he remembered not to show mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart. David's enemies laughed at him for his devotion, but they could not laugh him out of it.
They apparently were closely associated with David. Imprecatory prayers must only be made by the righteous. Rather than show his adversaries mercy, let God deal with them in the light of their own sins, as well as those of their fathers vv. Let his children wander about and beg; And let them seek sustenance far from their ruined homes. The problems which the imprecatory psalms have raised for the Christian have been answered by a variety of explanations, most of which seem inadequate or inaccurate.
He who returns evil for good, evil will not depart from his house Prov. But he shall be exalted. For he stands beside the needy, ready to save them from those who condemn them. They accuse him, but he prays for them, it would seem, v. When his case comes up for judgment, let him be pronounced guilty. Psalm 109 is a similarly unpleasant passage for many.
While the psalmist is innocent, his enemies are not. But I, your servant, will go right on rejoicing! They repay me evil for good, and hatred for my love. Apparently as skinny as a shadow v. Let his posterity be cut off; and in the generation following let their name be blotted out. Let the line of his descendants be cut off; let their name be blotted out in the next generation. The New Testament also contains curses. May it be like a cloak wrapped about him, like a belt tied forever around him.
They encircle me with words of hate, and attack me without cause. Psalm 109 A Cry for Vengeance 109 Hold not thy peace, O God of my praise; For the mouth of the wicked and the mouth of the deceitful are opened against me: they have spoken against me with a lying tongue. I fade away like a lengthening shadow; I am shaken off like a locust. As he loved cursing, so let it come unto him: as he delighted not in blessing, so let it be far from him. A brief word should be said about the identity of the wicked.
Because that he remembered not to shew mercy, but persecuted the poor and needy man, that he might even slay the broken in heart. Let no one show him kindness, and let no one be gracious to his fatherless children. But if God bless us, we need not care who curses us; for how can they curse whom God has not cursed; nay, whom he has blessed? As he clothed himself with cursing like as with his garment, so let it come into his bowels like water, and like oil into his bones. Cursing is as natural to him as his clothing, or the water he drinks, or the rich food he eats. All his enemies are now in a chain, but not yet made his footstool. They have engaged in character-assassination. Introduction A very difficult text from Judges 19 which I preached several years ago describes the gruesome account of the attempted homosexual rape of a Levite, the brutal rape of his concubine, and the dismembering of her body into twelve pieces, which were sent to the twelve tribes of Israel by her husband.
Set a wicked person over him; let an accuser stand at his right hand. My knees give way from fasting; my body is thin and gaunt. We will return to this subject below. The indignation is not that of a quick, volatile explosion but that of a smoldering fire. When he is tried, let him come forth guilty; let his prayer be counted as sin! Shall evil be recompensed for good? They breathe the spirit of simple faith and childlike trust, which throws itself unreservedly on God. The one who did consent asked to pray before the text was read rather than afterward as was our custom! Let his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.
Anderson, Out of the Depths, p. He shall be humbled; he shall drink of the brook in the way. To sing its words was to remind the saints how the godly should respond to sin. May we not quickly disregard the stern warning of this psalm. Yet Thou, O Lord, knowest all their deadly designs against me; do not forgive their iniquity or blot out their sin from Thy sight. Save me according to your steadfast love! May his children become fatherless, and his wife a widow. Why is hell a place where people go? Imprecations are effective only when we see sin as God does and when we ask Him to deal with sin as He has promised to deal with it in His Word.