Revenge or Forgiveness?

“Appoint an evil man to oppose him; let an accuser stand at his right hand. When he is tried, let him be found guilty, and may his prayers condemn him. May his days be few; may another take his place of leadership. May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow. May his children be wandering beggars; may they be driven from their ruined homes. May a creditor seize all he has; may strangers plunder the fruits of his labor. May no one extend kindness to him or take pity on his fatherless children. May his descendants be cut off, their names blotted out from the next generation. May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the Lord; may the sin of his mother never be blotted out. May their sins always remain before the Lord, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth.”Psalm 109:6-15

These words are from David, and are his response to the evil men who accuse him wrongly. In essence, he is calling down curses on those who treat him with wickedness. He even desires for the children of his enemies to become beggars in the street.

I find this to be in sharp contrast with the words of Jesus, who tells us to pray for our enemies, and love those who oppose us. How can I reconcile these two contrasts in the Bible? Are David's words the correct response, or are they an outpouring of anger from an oppressed soul? I have to go with the second option. The words of Jesus Christ must override everything, including these words of David. I have to conclude that this psalm is not meant to tell us of a recommended response to our enemies, but rather, it tells us of the depth of persecution that David felt. And though he was a man after God's own heart, he had inclinations of revenge toward his enemies which Jesus would not have recommended.


2 Responses to “Revenge or Forgiveness?”

  1. November 21, 2012 at 9:27 am

    Well thought out and well put… insightful too…
    Oh, and yes, I agree… hard not to when faced with truth. 🙂

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