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Psalms

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Psalms Destruction Quotes Page 1 Theme

How we cite the quotes: (Chapter:Verse)

Quote #1

The enemies have vanished in everlasting ruins;
their cities you have rooted out;
the very memory of them has perished. (NRSV 9:6)

O thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end: and thou hast destroyed cities; their memorial is perished with them. (KJV 9:6)

If God has destroyed these enemies so much that we don't even remember them, is the psalm itself all that's left of them? Is the destruction of memory worse than the original destruction of the people? What are the Psalms writers doing to ensure that Israel's memory isn't forgotten?

Quote #2

On the wicked he will rain coals of fire and sulphur;
a scorching wind shall be the portion of their cup. (NRSV 11:6)

Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and a horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup. (KJV 11:6)

Here you go, Shmoopers—an original fire and brimstone passage. Why is there no mercy?

Quote #3

They cried for help, but there was no one to save them;
they cried to the Lord, but he did not answer them. (NRSV 18:41)

They cried, but there was none to save them: even unto the Lord, but he answered them not. (KJV 18:41)

God is definitely selective about whom he listens to. Is this a loyalty thing, or a cruelty thing? Or both?

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