Psalms 11:5

5 The Lord examines the righteous and the wicked. He hates the lover of violence.

Psalms 11:5 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 11:5

The Lord trieth the righteous
As gold is tried in the fire, by afflictive providences; hereby he tries their graces, their faith, and patience, their hope, and love, and fear; and, by so doing, expresses his love to them, since this is all for their good: and therefore, when he suffers the wicked to go great lengths in persecuting and distressing them, this should not weaken, their confidence in him; he still loves them, and loves when he rebukes and chastises them;

but the wicked, and him that loveth violence, his soul hateth;
that is, such who live in a course of sin and wickedness, and who not only do injury to the persons, characters, and properties of men, but love it, and delight therein, and also take pleasure in them that do the same: these God has a continued and inward aversion to; sin and wickedness being the abominable thing his righteous soul hates: and he shows his hatred to them, by not chastising them now, as he does his own people, but reserving everlasting punishment for them hereafter; see ( Proverbs 13:24 ) .

Psalms 11:5 In-Context

3 When the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?"
4 The Lord is in His holy temple; the Lord's throne is in heaven. His eyes watch; He examines everyone.
5 The Lord examines the righteous and the wicked. He hates the lover of violence.
6 He will rain burning coals and sulfur on the wicked; a scorching wind will be their portion.
7 For the Lord is righteous; He loves righteous deeds. The upright will see His face.
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