To the chief Musician upon Nehiloth, A Psalm of David.
Give ear to my words, O LORD, consider my meditation.||
Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto thee will
My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD; in the morning will I
direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.||
For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall
evil dwell with thee.||
(5:4) "Thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall
evil dwell with thee."|
Did God create evil?
The foolish shall not
stand in thy sight:
thou hatest all workers of iniquity.||
(5:5a) "The foolish shall not stand in thy sight." |
But foolishness is highly recommended by Paul in the New Testament.
Is it good to be foolish?
"Thou hatest all workers of iniquity. Thou shalt destroy them."
Christians often say that one should love the
sinner but hate the sin. Perhaps, but God hates sinners. This verse, by the way,
is used to justify the Rev. Fred Phelps' slogan that "God hates fags."
His logic is impeccable if one accepts the Bible. God hates sinners (Ps.5:5). Homosexuality is a sin (Lev.18:22,
Lev.20:13). Therefore God hates homosexuals --
or fags, as Rev. Phelps indelicately puts it.
Does God love everyone?
Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing: the LORD will abhor the bloody
and deceitful man.
But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multitude of thy mercy:
and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy
way straight before my face.
For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; their inward part is very
wickedness; their throat is an open sepulchre; they flatter with their
Destroy thou them, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; cast them
out in the multitude of their transgressions; for they have rebelled against
But let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever
shout for joy, because thou defendest them: let them also that love thy name
be joyful in thee.||
For thou, LORD, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt thou compass
him as with a shield.