Psalm 36 – “Condemnation of Evil”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
The psalmist denounces the ways of the wicked.

II. Photo
The psalmist praises God: “With You is the fountain of life; by your light do we see light.” (v. 10)

III. Select Verses
2-5: I know what Transgression says to the wicked; he has no sense of the dread of God, because its speech is seductive to him till his iniquity be found out and he be hated. His words are evil and deceitful; he will not consider doing good. In bed he plots mischief; he is set on a path of no good, he does not reject evil.
6-7: O LORD, Your faithfulness reaches to heaven; Your steadfastness to the sky; Your beneficence is like the high mountains; Your justice like the great deep; man and beast You deliver, O LORD.
10-11: With You is the fountain of life; by Your light do we see light. Bestow Your faithful care on those devoted to You, and Your beneficence on upright men.

IV. Outline
1. Superscription
2-5. The ways of evil
6-10. Hymnic praise
11-12. Petition
13. Imprecation

V. Comment
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VI. Works Used
(see “Commentaries” page)
Collins, John J. “Introduction to the Hebrew Bible,” (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 2004).
Craigie, Peter C. “Psalms 1-50” Word Biblical Commentary vol. 19 (Waco, Texas: Wordbooks, 1983).
Gerstenberger, Erhard S. “Psalms Part 1 with an Introduction to Cultic Poetry” Forms of Old Testament Literature (Michigan: Eerdmans, 1988).
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