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Sermon on Luke 6:17-49 - The Command to Love Our Enemies and the Imprecatory Psalms

A problem arises for some and it is this: how is it possible to harmonize loving our enemies and praying the imprecatory psalms with reference to our enemies? First, we must define and identify the imprecatory psalms. They are those psalms which pray for the curse and wrath of God to fall upon His enemies. These psalms include: Psalm 58:6-10; 59:12, 13; 69:24-28; 55:15; 6:10; 83:17. Should Christians who are called to 1ove their enemies pray such psalms of imprecation? Here are some helpful comments on this issue by James E. Adams from his book WAR PSALMS OF THE PRINCE OF PEACE.