Psalm 11 – “Pedagogic Psalm of Confidence”

Hebrew-English Text
I. Summary
The psalmist asserts that God will destroy the wicked.

II. Photo
God will judge the wicked: “He will rain down upon the wicked blazing coals and sulfur; a scorching wind shall be their lot!” (v. 6)

III. Select Verses    
2-3: For see, the wicked bend the bow, they set their arrow on the string to shoot from the shadows at the upright. When the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous man do?”
4-6: The LORD is in His holy palace; the LORD — His throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His gaze searches mankind. The LORD seeks out the righteous man, but loathes the wicked one who loves injustice. He will rain down upon the wicked blazing coals and sulfur; a scorching wind shall be their lot.
7: For the LORD is righteous; He loves righteous deeds; the upright shall behold His face.

IV. Outline
1a. Superscription
1b. Affirmation of confidence
1c. Rhetorical question to an audience
2-3. Description of the wicked
4-6. God will punish the wicked
7. Praise; Confidence

V. Comment
No comment today. Stay tuned.

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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