Imprecatory Prayer
Bible Example #5 - Psalms 58
An imprecatory prayer for justice.

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Psalm 58:1-11


(1) Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?
(2) Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.
(3) The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.
(4) Their poison [is] like the poison of a serpent: [they are] like the deaf adder [that] stoppeth her ear;
(5) Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.
(6) Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD.
(7) Let them melt away as waters [which] run continually: [when] he bendeth [his bow to shoot] his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.
(8) As a snail [which] melteth, let [every one of them] pass away: [like] the untimely birth of a woman, [that] they may not see the sun.
(9) Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in [his] wrath.
Are some people born bad? The Bible calls some sheep, others goats and some wolves. Is it possible to convert a wolf and change him into a sheep?

The Spanish Inquisition began after the Catholic Church forced the Jews to convert. (Change wolves into sheep.)

The Church then spent 300 years trying to fix the mistake.

Convinced against my will, of the same opinion still. 

(10) The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
(11) So that a man shall say, Verily [there is] a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.
How do you feel when you turn on the T.V. and hear the news about a prominent wicked person who does suddenly?

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