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Psalms: Cruelty and Violence

  1. If you ask God, he'll force heathens to be your slaves and help you "dash them in pieces." 2:8-9

  2. Kiss the Son or God will get angry and might have to kill you. 2:12

  3. God has smitten his "enemies upon the cheek bone" and has "broken the teeth of the ungodly." 3:7

  4. Christians often say that one should love the sinner but hate the sin. Perhaps, but God hates sinners and plans to destroy them. 5:5-6

  5. God has prepared deadly weapons (swords, bows, etc.) and plans to use them. 7:11-13

  6. If you pray to God, he will kill your enemies for you. 9:3-6

  7. God will rain fire and brimstone on "wicked" folks. 11:6

  8. The God of peace teaches us how to kill our neighbors in war. 18:34

  9. God helps believers kill and enslave their enemies. 18:40-43

  10. If you make God angry, he'll burn you and your children to death. 21:9-10

  11. God will shoot his adversaries in the back with his arrows. 21:12

  12. A sweet prayer for the destruction of one's enemies: Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the angel of the LORD persecute them.... Let destruction come upon him at unawares." 35:6,8

  13. God laughs at those that he will later torment. 37:13

  14. If you forget God, God will tear you into pieces. 50:22

  15. If you don't trust in God, he'll kill you and while you're dying the "righteous" will laugh at you. 52:5-7

  16. Referring to his enemies, the psalmist says: "Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell." 55:15

  17. The psalmist devoutly prays: "Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth ... let them be cut in pieces." 58:6-7

  18. "Let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun."
    A prayer that your enemies will die like an aborted fetus. 58:8

  19. "The righteous" will rejoice when he sees "the wicked" being dismembered by God. He'll even get a chance to wash his feet in their blood. Now that's entertainment! 58:10

  20. The psalmist asks God to kill all "the heathen" and not show them any mercy. 59:5

  21. God will laugh at the heathen as he kills them. 59:8

  22. "The God of mercy" will let the psalmist see his enemies tormented. 59:10

  23. "Consume them in thy wrath, consume them." -- more sweet prayers to a savage god. 59:13

  24. Joab returned, and smote of Edom in the valley of salt twelve thousand. 60:1

  25. God will "wound the head of his enemies" so that the righteous can wash their feet "in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the same." 68:21, 23

  26. The psalmist prays that his enemies be tormented and blinded by God. He asks God to "make their loins continually to shake." 69:23-28

  27. "They that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee." 73:27

  28. "The LORD heard this" (he had his hearing aid on) and became angry, and burned people "because they believed not in God." 78:21-22

  29. "The wrath of God came upon them" and God killed many of the Israelites for not believing in "his wondrous works." 78:31-34

  30. The psalmist asks God to " do unto them as unto the Midianites ... which became as dung for the earth." 83:9-18

  31. If you don't follow God's commandments, he will beat you with a rod. 89:31-32

  32. "A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about." 97:3

  33. "I will ... destroy all the wicked of the land." 101:8

  34. God gives the lions their meat. The cruelty and brutality of nature are all part of God's plan. 104:21

  35. The psalmist recounts God's treatment of the Egyptians: "He smote the firstborn in their land." See Exodus 12:29-30 for the gory details. 105:29-36

  36. God is praised for the creative ways that he kills people: drowning, earth-swallowing, burning, etc. 106:11-19

  37. God sent a plague on the Israelites for "committing whoredom with the daughters of Moab." But "then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment [by throwing a spear through a newly married couple]: and so the plague was stayed." But not before 24,000 (1 Corinthians 10:8 says 23,000) had died. (See Numbers 25:6-9 for all the gory details.) 106:29-30

  38. The psalmist asks God to do all sorts of unpleasant things to his enemies. "Set thou a wicked man over him; and let Satan stand at his right hand .... Let his prayer become sin." He asks God to take away his possessions, kill him, and have his children suffer for the sins of their fathers. 109:6-14

  39. "Let his children be fatherless, and his wife a widow." 109:9

  40. "Let his children be continually vagabonds, and beg." 109:10

  41. God will "fill the places with dead bodies" of heathens. 110:6

  42. God is praised for slaughtering kings, nations, and little babies. 135:8, 10

  43. "To him that smote Egypt in their first born: for his mercy endures forever." 136:10

  44. God "overthrew Pharaoh and his host in the Red sea: for his mercy endureth for ever." 136:15

  45. God "smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever." 136:17-18

  46. God will send people to smash little Babylonian children against stones to punish the Babylonians for enslaving the Israelites during the Babylonian captivity. These happy ("blessed" in the ESV) children smashers are God's instruments for carrying out his vengeance. 137:8-9

  47. "Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones." 137:9

  48. The psalmist excels at hating. He hates people with a "perfect hatred" and asks God to kill them. 139:19-22

  49. A prayer that God will burn people to death. 140:10

  50. The God of Peace teaches us to kill each other in war. 144:1

  51. The saints praise God while they kill and enslave "the heathen." 149:5-8