Imprecatory Prayer

Religion Nerd has a post about a new kind of prayer for me. Imprecatory Prayer. Although, it turns out that if I had been paying attention while reading Psalms I would have recognized it.

1 My God, whom I praise,
do not remain silent,
2 for people who are wicked and deceitful
have opened their mouths against me;
they have spoken against me with lying tongues.
3 With words of hatred they surround me;
they attack me without cause.
4 In return for my friendship they accuse me,
but I am a man of prayer.
5 They repay me evil for good,
and hatred for my friendship.

6 Appoint someone evil to oppose my enemy;
let an accuser stand at his right hand.
7 When he is tried, let him be found guilty,
and may his prayers condemn him.
8 May his days be few;
may another take his place of leadership.
9 May his children be fatherless
and his wife a widow.
10 May his children be wandering beggars;
may they be driven[a] from their ruined homes.

[and on, and on, and on]

Psalm 109.

3 replies on “Imprecatory Prayer”

It is awesome in a Pulp Fiction kind of way. I just love vengance as depicted in cinema; why not enjoy it in scripture.

In all seriousness, watching Clint Eastwood give up and start drinking whiskey as the girl in Unforgiven starts to recount the people he's killed, and you can just see him turn into the angel of death just fills me with such joy I really want to think that there must be some underlying good that it attaches to. Like, I'm really rejoices in the justice he's about to bring, or the purity of his character–even if it is purely evil. Of course, it is probably just appealing to my most base interests. Pornography versus art I suppose.

Yeah, I always hoped during that same experience that I was rejoicing in how a great actor conveys something kind of powerful and subtle.

But it was most likely that I was *really* looking forward to revenge for Ned.


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