Imprecatory Psalms


Psalm 69

22 Let their table before them become a snare; And when they are in peace, let it become a trap.
23 Let their eyes be darkened, so that they cannot see; And make their loins continually to shake.
24 Pour out thine indignation upon them, And let the fierceness of thine anger overtake them.
25 Let their habitation be desolate; Let none dwell in their tents.
26 For they persecute him whom thou hast smitten; And they tell of the sorrow of those whom thou hast wounded.
27 Add iniquity unto their iniquity; And let them not come into thy righteousness.
28 Let them be blotted out of the book of life, And not be written with the righteous.
Psalm 69 is an example of an Imprecatory Psalm. here are some more:


Psalm 35:5 – May they be like chaff before the wind. Psalm 55:15 – Let death take my enemies by surprise; let them go down alive to the grave.

Psalm 58:6 – O God, break the teeth in their mouths.

Psalm 69:28 – May they be blotted out of the book of life and not be listed with the righteous.

Psalm 109:9 – May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.

Psalm 137:9 – How blessed will be the one who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.

To imprecate means to invoke evil upon, or curse. Psalms 7, 35, 55, 58, 59, 69, 79, 109, 137 and 139 all contain prayers for God’s judgment on the psalmist’s enemies.

I would like your opinion, is it right for Christian’s to wish evil upon, or curses on others?


One Comment

  1. where's jim?
    Posted December 19, 2005 at 11:48 am | Permalink

    I don’t think so.. I would think we should leave that to God, let Him do the judging and the justice…

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