Jesus teaches us to pray for our enemies. But the OT psalmist sometimes prays against his enemies. How should we view the imprecatory psalms in relation to Jesus’ teaching in the NT? Do the imprecatory psalms reflect a defective ethic? Are they instances of a vengeful man “praying through” carnal anger? Are the imprecatory psalms of the OT, as C. S. Lewis suggests, simply “devilish”? In the two-part lecture series below, Dr Bob Gonzales attempts to answer these questions and to provide some guidelines for the application of these OT psalms to the NT church.
A Defense of the Imprecatory Psalms, Part 1
A Defense of the Imprecatory Psalms, Part 2