04 February, 2017

Psalm 11:5—“… but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth”



The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth (Psalm 11:5 KJV).



(I)

Rev. Herman Hoeksema

[Source: Protestant Reformed Theological Journal, vol. 2, no. 1, December 1968]

Notice the contrast in the text: “the righteous” is contrasted with “the wicked.” Over against “his soul hateth” stands “trieth.” The idea is that Jehovah may send afflictions to the righteous, but he does so in his grace, to prove, to try, to sanctify them. Even apparently evil things are a manifestation of his grace to the righteous.

It is different with the wicked. God’s constant attitude toward them is hatred. His soul hates them. He is filled with enmity against them. Whatever they may have in this life, the fact remains that Jehovah’s soul hates them. How the idea that grace in any sense can be forced into this text is a mystery to me.


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(II)

More to come! (DV)


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