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Month: March 2020

March 24, 2020
Warning to a Would-Be Balaam

In this, the final part of this series, we see that William Gurnall provides a word of caution to any would-be Balaams lingering among his readership. If you recall, Balaam was a prophet—ostensibly a genuine prophet of God—who was subsequently hired by the wicked king Balak to curse Moses and the Israelites. But Balak erred […]

March 24, 2020
Guardrails Against Wrongful Use of the Imprecatory Psalms

Concerning the use of imprecatory Psalms prayers, Gurnall issued these warnings: Do Not Pray Against Our Own Particular Enemies Take heed thou dost not make thy private particular enemies the object of thy imprecation: we have no warrant, when any wrong us, to go and call fire from heaven upon them. We are bid indeed […]

March 22, 2020
Imprecatory Prayers?

“And thus I clothe my naked villany With old odd ends stolen out of holy writ; And seem a saint, when most I play the devil.”[1] Lately Twitter has buzzed with talk of imprecations—that is, the usefulness of modern believers praying imprecatory prayers over the deeds and lives of our enemies. Some of it is […]