Tehillim / Psalms 11, Part 1, Does God Hate the Wicked?


This week’s study is from Tehillim / Psalms 11:1-7.  The Psalm begins saying “For the choir director a Psalm of David, in the Lord I take refuge; how can you say to my soul flee as a bird to your mountain” (א  לַמְנַצֵּחַ לְדָוִד בַּיהֹוָה | חָסִיתִי אֵיךְ תֹּאמְרוּ לְנַפְשִׁי נוּדִו [נוּדִי] הַרְכֶם צִפּוֹר:).  Who was it David was asking the question “how can you say to my soul to be a ‘nomad/wanderer/vagabond’ upon your mountain as a bird?”  David’s hope is in the refuge that God provides in His salvation and deliverance.  The place of refuge that God provides is protection from his enemies ב  כִּי הִנֵּה הָרְשָׁעִים יִדְרְכוּן קֶשֶׁת כּוֹנְנוּ חִצָּם עַל-יֶתֶר לִירוֹת בְּמוֹ-אֹפֶל לְיִשְׁרֵי-לֵב: 11:2 For, behold, the wicked bend the bow, They make ready their arrow upon the string To shoot in darkness at the upright in heart. (NASB)  Here we find a parallel to Tehillim / Psalms 7 that states יג   אִם-לֹא יָשׁוּב חַרְבּוֹ יִלְטוֹשׁ קַשְׁתּוֹ דָרַךְ וַיְכוֹנְנֶהָ: 7:12 If a man does not repent, He will sharpen His sword; He has bent His bow and made it ready. (NASB)  Read more here: Tehillim 11-Part1

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