Psalm 139:19
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New International Version
If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!

New Living Translation
O God, if only you would destroy the wicked! Get out of my life, you murderers!

English Standard Version
Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God! O men of blood, depart from me!

New American Standard Bible
O that You would slay the wicked, O God; Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed.

King James Bible
Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
God, if only You would kill the wicked-- you bloodthirsty men, stay away from me--

International Standard Version
God, if only you would execute the wicked, so that the men guilty of bloodshed would get away from me,

NET Bible
If only you would kill the wicked, O God! Get away from me, you violent men!

New Heart English Bible
If only you, God, would kill the wicked. Get away from me, you bloodthirsty men.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Surely you will kill the sinners, oh God, and men of blood will pass from me!

GOD'S WORD® Translation
I wish that you would kill wicked people, O God, and that bloodthirsty people would leave me alone.

JPS Tanakh 1917
If Thou but wouldest slay the wicked, O God-- Depart from me therefore, ye men of blood;

New American Standard 1977
O that Thou wouldst slay the wicked, O God;
            Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God; depart from me therefore, ye bloodthirsty men.

King James 2000 Bible
Surely you will slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, you bloody men.

American King James Version
Surely you will slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, you bloody men.

American Standard Version
Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: Depart from me therefore, ye bloodthirsty men.

Douay-Rheims Bible
If thou wilt kill the wicked, O God: ye men of blood, depart from me:

Darby Bible Translation
Oh that thou wouldest slay the wicked, O +God! And ye men of blood, depart from me.

English Revised Version
Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloodthirsty men.

Webster's Bible Translation
Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.

World English Bible
If only you, God, would kill the wicked. Get away from me, you bloodthirsty men!

Young's Literal Translation
Dost Thou slay, O God, the wicked? Then, men of blood, turn aside from me!
Study Bible
You have Searched Me and Know Me
18If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand. When I awake, I am still with You. 19O that You would slay the wicked, O God; Depart from me, therefore, men of bloodshed. 20For they speak against You wickedly, And Your enemies take Your name in vain.…
Cross References
Psalm 5:6
You destroy those who speak falsehood; The LORD abhors the man of bloodshed and deceit.

Psalm 6:8
Depart from me, all you who do iniquity, For the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping.

Psalm 26:9
Do not take my soul away along with sinners, Nor my life with men of bloodshed,

Psalm 59:2
Deliver me from those who do iniquity And save me from men of bloodshed.

Psalm 119:115
Depart from me, evildoers, That I may observe the commandments of my God.

Isaiah 11:4
But with righteousness He will judge the poor, And decide with fairness for the afflicted of the earth; And He will strike the earth with the rod of His mouth, And with the breath of His lips He will slay the wicked.
Treasury of Scripture

Surely you will slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, you bloody men.

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Psalm 9:17 The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God.

Psalm 55:23 But you, O God, shall bring them down into the pit of destruction: …

Psalm 64:7 But God shall shoot at them with an arrow; suddenly shall they be wounded.

Psalm 94:23 And he shall bring on them their own iniquity, and shall cut them …

Isaiah 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with …

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Psalm 6:8 Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; for the LORD has heard …

Psalm 119:115 Depart from me, you evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God.

Matthew 7:23 And then will I profess to them, I never knew you: depart from me, …

Matthew 25:41 Then shall he say also to them on the left hand, Depart from me, …

2 Corinthians 6:17 Why come out from among them, and be you separate, said the Lord, …

(19) Slay the wicked.--This abrupt transition from a theme so profound and fascinating to fierce indignation against the enemies of God, would certainly be strange anywhere but in the Psalms. And yet, perhaps, philosophically regarded, the subject of God's omniscience must conduct the mind to the thought of the existence of evil, and speculation on its origin and development. But the Hebrew never speculated for speculation's sake. The practical concerns of life engaged him too intensely. Where a modern would have branched off into the ever-recurring problem of the entrance of evil into the world, the Israelite turned with indignation on those who then and there proved the existence of sin in concrete act.

Surely . . . --Or, rather--

"O that thou wouldest slay, O God, the wicked,

And that ye bloody men would depart from me."

We get the last clause, which is better than an abrupt change to the imprecations, by a slight change of reading.

Verse 19. - Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God; or, "Oh that thou wouldst slay the wicked!" (comp. Psalm 5:6, 10; Psalm 7:9-13; Psalm 9:19; Psalm 10:15; Psalm 21:8-12, etc.). Depart from me therefore, ye bloody men (comp. Psalm 119:115). There is no fellowship between light and darkness, between the wicked and the God-fearing. Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God,.... Since he is God omniscient, and knows where they are, what they have done, are doing, and design to do; and God omnipresent, at hand to lay hold upon them; and God omnipotent, to hold them and inflict due punishment on them; this is a consequence rightly drawn from the above perfections of God. Or "if thou wilt slay the wicked" (z), then, when I awake, I shall be with thee, as Kimchi connects the words; that is, be at leisure to attend to thy works and wonders, and daily employ myself in the contemplation of them, having no wicked persons near me to molest and disturb me. The word is singular in the original text, "the wicked one"; meaning either Saul, who was David's enemy without a cause, and did very wickedly and injuriously by him, whom he might expect God in due time would take out of the world; though he did not choose to lay his hand on the Lord's anointed, when he was in his power. Jarchi interprets it of Esau, by whom he means Edom or Rome, in the Rabbinic language, that it, the Christians; if he meant no more than the Papal Christians, he may be much in the right; the man of sin, the son of perdition, the wicked one, whom the Lord will slay with the breath of his lips, may be intended, the common enemy of Christ and his cause, Isaiah 11:4. Though it may design a collective body of wicked men; all the followers of antichrist, all the antichristian states, on whom the vials of God's wrath will be poured; and even all the wicked of the earth, all Christ's enemies, that would not have him to reign over them, and none but they; the justice of God will not admit of it to slay the righteous with the wicked, and the omniscience of God will distinguish the one from the other, and separate the precious from the vile;

depart from me therefore, ye bloody men; men guilty of shedding innocent blood, and therefore by the law of God should have their blood shed; such particularly are antichrist and his followers, who deserve to have blood given them to drink, because they have shed the blood of the saints, Revelation 16:6; these and such as these the psalmist would have no company or fellowship with, lest he should be corrupted by them, fall into sin, and partake of deserved plagues with them, Revelation 18:4. Some consider these as the words of God, and in connection with the former, and by way of wish, thus, "O that thou wouldest slay the wicked, O God" (a); and wouldest say, "depart from me, ye bloody men"; which will be said to the wicked at the last day, and even to such who have made a profession of the name of Christ, Matthew 7:23.

(z) "si occideris", V. L. Pagninus, Montanus, Musculus, &c. (a) So some in Vatablus. 19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God, depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.

20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.

21 Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?

22 I hate them with perfect hatred, I count them mine enemies.

23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts.

24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 139:19

"Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God." There can be no doubt upon that head, for thou hast seen all their transgressions, which indeed have been done in thy presence; and thou hast long enough endured their provocations, which have been so openly manifest before thee. Crimes committed before the face of the Judge are not likely to go unpunished. If the eye of God is grieved with the presence of evil, it is but natural to expect that he will remove the offending object. God who sees all evil will slay all evil. With earthly sovereigns sin may go unpunished for lack of evidence, or the law may be left without execution from lack of vigour in the judge; but this cannot happen in the case of God, the living God. He beareth not the sword in vain. Such is his love of holiness and hatred of wrong that he will carry on war to the death with those whose hearts and lives are wicked. God will not always suffer his lovely creation to be defaced and defiled by the presence of wickedness: if anything is sure, this is sure, that he will ease him of his adversaries. "Depart from me therefore, ye bloody men." Men who delight in cruelty and war are not fit companions for those who walk with God. David chases the men of blood from his court, for he is weary of those of whom God is weary. He seems to say - If God will not let you live with him I will not have you live with me. You would destroy others, and therefore I want you not in my society. You will be destroyed yourselves, I desire you not in my service. Depart from me, for you depart from God. As we delight to have the holy God always near us, so would we eagerly desire to have wicked men removed as far as possible from us. We tremble in the society of the ungodly lest their doom should fall upon them suddenly, and we should see them lie dead at our feet. We do not wish to have our place of intercourse turned into gallows of execution, therefore let the condemned be removed out of our company.

Psalm 139:20

"For they speak against thee wickedly." Why should I bear their company when their talk sickens me? They vent their treasons and blasphemies as often as they please, doing so without the slighest excuse or provocation; let them therefore begone, where they may find a more congenial associate than I can be. When men speak against God they will be sure to speak against us, if they find it serve their turn; hence godless men are not the stuff out of which true friends can ever be made. God gave these men their tongues, and they turn against their Benefactor, wickedly, from sheer malice, and with great perverseness. "And thine enemies take thy name in vain." This is their sport: to insult Jehovah's glorious name is their amusement. To blaspheme the name of the Lord is a gratuitous wickedness in which there can be no pleasure, and from which there can be no profit. This is a sure mark of the "enemies" of the Lord, that they have the impudence to assail his honour, and treat his glory with irreverence. How can God do other than slay them? How can we do other than withdraw from every sort of association with them? What a wonder of sin it is that men should rail against so good a Being as the Lord our God! The impudence of those who talk wickedly is a singular fact, and it is the more singular when we reflect that the Lord against whom they speak is all around them, and lays to heart every dishonour which they render to his holy name. We ought not to wonder that men slander and deride us, for they do the same with the Most High God.

Psalm 139:21

"Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee?" He was a good hater, for he hated only those who hated good. Of this hatred he is not ashamed, but he sets it forth as a virtue to which he would have the Lord bear testimony. To love all men with benevolence is our duty; but to love any wicked man with complacency would be a crime. To hate a man for his own sake, or for any evil done to us, would be wrong; but to hate a man because he is the foe of all goodness and the enemy of all righteousness, is nothing more nor less than an obligation. The more we love God the more indignant shall we grow with those who refuse him their affection. "If any man love not the Lord Jesus Christ let him be Anathema Maranatha." Truly, "jealousy is cruel as the grave." The loyal subject must not be friendly to the traitor. "And am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?" He appeals to heaven that he took no pleasure in those who rebelled against the Lord; but, on the contrary, he was made to mourn by a sight of their ill behaviour. Since God is everywhere, he knows our feelings towards the profane and ungodly, and he knows that so far from approving such characters the very sight of them is grievous to our eyes.

Psalm 139:22

"I hate them with perfect hatred." He does not leave it a matter of question. He does not occupy a neutral position. His hatred to bad, vicious, blasphemous men is intense, complete, energetic. He is as whole-hearted in his hate of wickedness as in his love of goodness. "I count them mine enemies." He makes a personal matter of it. They may have done him no ill, but if they are doing despite to God, to his laws, and to the great principles of truth and righteousness, David proclaims war against them. Wickedness passes men into favour with unrighteous spirits; but it excludes them from the communion of the just. We pull up the drawbridge and man the walls when a man of Belial goes by our castle. His character is a casus belli; we cannot do otherwise than contend with those who contend with God.

continued...139:17-24 God's counsels concerning us and our welfare are deep, such as cannot be known. We cannot think how many mercies we have received from him. It would help to keep us in the fear of the Lord all the day long, if, when we wake in the morning, our first thoughts were of him: and how shall we admire and bless our God for his precious salvation, when we awake in the world of glory! Surely we ought not to use our members and senses, which are so curiously fashioned, as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin. But our immortal and rational souls are a still more noble work and gift of God. Yet if it were not for his precious thoughts of love to us, our reason and our living for ever would, through our sins, prove the occasion of our eternal misery. How should we then delight to meditate on God's love to sinners in Jesus Christ, the sum of which exceeds all reckoning! Sin is hated, and sinners lamented, by all who fear the Lord. Yet while we shun them we should pray for them; with God their conversion and salvation are possible. As the Lord knows us thoroughly, and we are strangers to ourselves, we should earnestly desire and pray to be searched and proved by his word and Spirit. if there be any wicked way in me, let me see it; and do thou root it out of me. The way of godliness is pleasing to God, and profitable to us; and will end in everlasting life. It is the good old way. All the saints desire to be kept and led in this way, that they may not miss it, turn out of it, or tire in it.
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