Psalms 73:27

27 Those who desert him will perish, for you destroy those who abandon you.

Psalms 73:27 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 73:27

For, lo, they that are far from thee
Who are alienated from the life of God, far from the law of God, and subjection and obedience to it; and from righteousness either moral or evangelical, and from the love and fear of God, and worship of him:

shall perish;
not merely at death, as even righteous men do, but be lost eternally:

thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee;
that follow after other gods, and worship them; which is spiritual adultery and fornication, the Scriptures often speak of, and intend by it idolatry; see ( Deuteronomy 31:16 ) or who set their hearts and affections upon the creature, and have them alienated from God; and love the creature more and besides the Creator: the past tense seems to be put for the future, and so some render it, "thou shalt destroy", or "cut off" F9; destroy them soul and body, and punish them with an everlasting destruction in hell; the Targum is,

``that wander from thy fear;''

that is, from the worship of God.


F9 (htmuh) "perdes", Tigurine version, Musculus, so some in Vatablus; "exscindes", Michaelis.

Psalms 73:27 In-Context

25 Whom have I in heaven but you? I desire you more than anything on earth.
26 My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.
27 Those who desert him will perish, for you destroy those who abandon you.
28 But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign LORD my shelter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do.
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