10 Things You Should Know about the Imprecatory Psalms,Sam Storms – Study from the Bible and be encouraged to grow your faith!. The imprecatory (or cursing or vengeance) psalms are probably the most difficult obstacle Christians face when taking up the Psalms as their. An imprecation is a curse that invokes misfortune upon someone. Imprecatory psalms are those in which the author imprecates; that is, he calls down calamity, .

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A Psalm impprecatory a musical accompaniment to a poem. Imprecatory Psalms are musical poems where the Psalmist requests that God bring judgment upon his adversaries.

Not all imprecatory psalms are completely filled with maledictions. Some contain elements of imprecation and other material such as blessings, appeal, adoration, worship, and more.

Imprecatory Psalms

A list of the imprecatory Psalms are 5, 17, 28, 35, 40, 55, 59, 70, 71, 79, 80, 94, Following is a sample of imprecations in the Psalms. Notice the negativity and judgment advocated upon evil doers. Some might say that the imprecatory Psalms stand and contradiction to the words of Christ who tells us to love our enemies.


The imprecations of the psalmists stand in agreement with the judgment of God upon evil doers. But when Jesus tells us to love our enemies, he speaking of what we, as Christians, are supposed to do.

What are the imprecatory Psalms? |

The psalmists spoke of God’s righteous judgment in the old testament context. But in the New Testament context, it is not the time of God’s judgment.

Instead, it is the time a redemption and in that redemption we are to love our enemies. What are the imprecatory Psalms?

You hate all who do iniquity. Deliver my soul from the wicked with Your sword, 14 From men with Your hand, O LORD, From men of the world, whose portion is in this life, And whose belly You fill with Ijprecatory treasure; Imrecatory are satisfied with children, And leave their abundance to their babes.

Let those be turned back and dishonored who delight in my hurt. Let them be covered with reproach and dishonor, who seek to injure me.

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He has cut in two the cords of the wicked. Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed. And do I not loathe those who rise up against You? They have become my enemies. But, this is not a contradiction.

Ray Clendenen, Trent C. Butler, and Bill Latta, eds. Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary. Holman Bible Publishers, Home What’s New and