Rachel What are the Imprecatory Psalms? Different psalms were written for different purposes. We find it easy to use these kinds of psalms in our prayer lives, but what should we do with the imprecatory psalms? What are the imprecatory psalms? The imprecatory psalms are the psalms in which the author calls down a curse, destruction, or judgment onto his enemies. The major imprecatory psalms are Psalm 5, 10, 17, 35, 58, 59, 69, 70, 79, 83, , , ,
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Rachel What are the Imprecatory Psalms? Different psalms were written for different purposes. We find it easy to use these kinds of psalms in our prayer lives, but what should we do with the imprecatory psalms? What are the imprecatory psalms? The imprecatory psalms are the psalms in which the author calls down a curse, destruction, or judgment onto his enemies. The major imprecatory psalms are Psalm 5, 10, 17, 35, 58, 59, 69, 70, 79, 83, , , , For example: Let those be ashamed and dishonored who seek my life; Let those be turned back and humiliated who devise evil against me.
Psalm 4 and O daughter of Babylon, you devastated one, How blessed will be the one who repays you with the recompense with which you have repaid us. How blessed will be the one who seizes and dashes your little ones Against the rock. Psalm Although these prayers sound harsh to our safe, American ears, remember that Israel faced many battles and persecutions and pressures from enemy nations.
These prayers call out for God to protect them. Should we pray the imprecatory psalms? On first glance, the imprecatory Psalms seem contrary to what Jesus taught about loving your enemies instead of hating your enemies Matthew The other thing we notice about the imprecatory psalms is that they are dealing with groups of people not individuals. God holds off on His judgment waiting for individuals to come to Him in repentance.
Rahab in Jericho as an example. That is not a contradiction. So should we pray the imprecatory psalms? I believe we can. We can pray that God would enact His justice on our enemies. Be careful about who you label as an enemy. Coupled with the prayer for justice is prayer that individuals from the group would come to repentance. Have you ever prayed an imprecatory psalm? Do you disagree and think we should not be praying them? Let me know in the comments below!
Further Insights on Imprecatory Psalms.
Share The imprecatory Psalms Although the Psalms were written many years ago, in an age and culture very different from ours, they still speak to Christians today. The Psalms are timeless, for they express the whole range of human feelings and experiences — from dark doubts and deep depression to exuberant joy and thankful praise. We can identify with the poets of the Psalms in many ways. Yet, there are certain themes in the Psalms which cause many people, even sincere Christians, great problems.
22 Reasons to Pray the Cursing (Imprecatory) Psalms
Our Lord, come! Because in a topsy-turvy world of injustice, they recognize where true justice comes from. Praying the imprecatory psalms leaves vengeance up to God. For David, it primarily meant death. We are certainly allowed to pray for this. Because with social justice, we must acknowledge that the liberation of sex slaves comes at the incarceration of the enslavers, the lifting up of the poor is the bringing down of their oppressors, equality for minorities includes penalty for hate crimes. This is what we are praying for in the imprecatory psalms.
The imprecatory Psalms
As well, in the Torah , in the Third Sermon of Moses in the book of Deuteronomy , Moses is shown describing a litany of curses that would befall Israel for rebelliousness. New Testament[ edit ] The Old Testament is not alone in containing imprecations: Matthew But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Matthew —24 And he answered and said, He that dippeth his hand with me in the dish, the same shall betray me. Galatians —9 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. Galatians I would they were even cut off which trouble you. Context and meaning[ edit ] Imprecatory Bible passages have presented a variety of interpretive and ethical issues for scholars throughout various times in various situations. Even so, some[ who?