Psalms 58:10

10 1The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance; he will 2bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked.

Psalms 58:10 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 58:10

The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance
Before imprecated and foretold; the punishment inflicted by the Lord, to whom vengeance belongs, in a way of vindictive wrath; for what befalls the wicked in an afflictive way is in wrath, and as a vengeance upon them: and as the judgments of God are sometimes manifest, are to be seen, they are observed by the righteous, who rejoice at them; not as evils and miseries simply considered, nor from a private affection; but as the glory of divine justice is displayed therein, and the goodness of God is shown to them, by delivering them out of their hands; see ( Revelation 18:20 ) ( 19:1-3 ) ;

he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked;
which denotes the great destruction of the wicked, and the abundance of blood that shall be shed; see ( Revelation 14:20 ) ; and the entire victory the saints shall have over them, and their security from them, ( Psalms 68:21-23 ) ; as well as the satisfaction, and pleasure and refreshment, as it were, they shall have in their destruction; signified by their feet being washed in their blood, instead of being washed in water, usual in the eastern countries; because of the glory of the divine perfections appearing therein. The Septuagint, Vulgate Latin, and all the Oriental versions, read, "his hands".

Psalms 58:10 In-Context

8 Let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime, like the stillborn child who never sees the sun.
9 Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of thorns, whether green or ablaze, may he sweep them away!
10 The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance; he will bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 Mankind will say, "Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth."

Cross References 2

  • 1. Deuteronomy 32:43; See Job 22:19
  • 2. Psalms 68:23
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