A Call For God to Judge The Wicked

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This is another of the imprecatory (cursing) psalms. The curser prays that the man might be charged with his parents sins. “Let the iniquity of his fathers be remembered” (v. 14). It seems that David’s enemies wanted to go back and dredge up the sins of his forbears and not forget or forgive them (vv. 14-15). Not content with an all-around curse on David he wanted to go back through David’s family tree and curse all those in his long and honored line. While forgiveness is possible for repentant sinners, hardened sinners are beyond salvation. “Except you repent you shall all likewise perish” (Lk 13:3-5). Real repentance means to admit we are a sinner, be sorry for our sins and accept Jesus as our Lord and Saviour. 

This enemy not only wanted David extinguished from the earth but he wanted the memory of his family to be forever obliterated (v. 16). There is nothing in the Bible that compares with this dreadful curse. He gives two reasons for calling down this curse and both are false.

  1. He says David is addicted to cruelty (v. 16). On the contrast, except in the murder of Uriah, no more merciful man than David ever lived. Even after the horrendous crimes of Absalom, David was willing to forgive.
  2. He says that David was addicted to cursing (vv. 17-19). He claimed that David cursed as naturally as he put on his clothes.

In response David doesn’t answer curse with curse. Instead, he refers the whole matter to the Lord (v. 20). He was not taking vengeance into his own hands but was asking God to be swift in His judgment of evil people. He simply tells the Lord that this is a case for the exercise of His justice.


I must love everyone, even those who may try to do evil against me because God loves them. It is never right to get revenge. Bringing justice and judgement is not my job but God’s and it is important that I not interfere.

Psalms 109:14-20 (English Standard Version)

May the iniquity of his fathers be remembered before the LORD, and let not the sin of his mother be blotted out! Let them be before the LORD continually, that he may cut off the memory of them from the earth! For he did not remember to show kindness, but pursued the poor and needy and the brokenhearted, to put them to death. He loved to curse; let curses come upon him! He did not delight in blessing; may it be far from him! He clothed himself with cursing as his coat; may it soak into his body like water, like oil into his bones! May it be like a garment that he wraps around him, like a belt that he puts on every day! May this be the reward of my accusers from the LORD, of those who speak evil against my life!

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