Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Psalm 139:21-22

Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies
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(ESV)

This was a difficult passage to write a commentary for, but here it goes:

In the New Testament Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:43-44, "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,"  Jesus has given us additional teaching on the treatment of our enemies.  

One additional thought (a possibility):  When David is referring to hating those who hate the Lord, he is referring to how he feels abou them, whereas Jesus is referring to treatment of those enemies.

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