Slay the wicked, O God

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08.29.2018 – Old Testament: Psa 139.19–22

To read the Bible in a year, read Psalms 139–141 on August 29, In the year of our Lord 2018

By Don Ruhl

David glorified God by referring to God’s omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence in Psalm 139. That made David proclaim the preciousness of God’s thoughts. Then David turned to the wicked, saying of them:

Oh, that You would slay the wicked, O God!
Depart from me, therefore, you bloodthirsty men.
For they speak against You wickedly;
Your enemies take Your name in vain.
Do I not hate them, O LORD, who hate You?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against You?
I hate them with perfect hatred;
I count them my enemies.
(Psalm 139.19–22)

The wicked deny God’s omniscience, omnipresence, and omnipotence. They fight against Him constantly. Therefore, David would oppose them and wanted God to oppose them.


  • What do you think of the wicked?
  • Do you try to convert them?

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