Psalms 11:5

5 The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion.

Psalms 11:5 in Other Translations

KJV
5 The LORD trieth the righteous: but the wicked and him that loveth violence his soul hateth.
ESV
5 The LORD tests the righteous, but his soul hates the wicked and the one who loves violence.
NLT
5 The LORD examines both the righteous and the wicked. He hates those who love violence.
MSG
5 He tests the good and the bad alike; if anyone cheats, God's outraged.
CSB
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 being destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
4 The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD is on his heavenly throne. He observes everyone on earth; his eyes examine them.
5 The LORD examines the righteous, but the wicked, those who love violence, he hates with a passion.
6 On the wicked he will rain fiery coals and burning sulfur; a scorching wind will be their lot.
7 For the LORD is righteous, he loves justice; the upright will see his face.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Deuteronomy 7:13; S Job 23:10; Genesis 22:1; James 1:12
  • 2. S Job 28:28; Psalms 5:5; Psalms 45:7; Isaiah 1:14