Psalms 125:5

5 But those who turn to crooked ways the LORD will banish with the evildoers. Peace be on Israel.

Psalms 125:5 in Other Translations

KJV
5 As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways, the LORD shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity: but peace shall be upon Israel.
ESV
5 But those who turn aside to their crooked ways the LORD will lead away with evildoers! Peace be upon Israel!
NLT
5 But banish those who turn to crooked ways, O LORD . Take them away with those who do evil. May Israel have peace!
MSG
5 God will round up the backsliders, corral them with the incorrigibles. Peace over Israel!
CSB
5 But as for those who turn aside to crooked ways, the Lord will banish them with the evildoers. Peace be with Israel.

Psalms 125:5 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 125:5

As for such as turn aside unto their crooked ways
The ways of sin, immorality, or error; which are crooked ways, not agreeing with the word of God, the rule of faith and practice. This seems to design not openly profane sinners, who have always lived in a course of sin and wickedness; but carnal professors, who, through affliction and persecution because of the word, are offended, and desert the good ways of God; and turn from the holy commandment, word, and ordinances, they have professionally embraced;

the Lord shall lead them forth with the workers of iniquity;
the Targum adds,

``to hell.''

These hypocrites shall be led forth by the Lord with abandoned sinners, like malefactors to the place of execution; when he shall bid them depart from him, and they shall go into everlasting fire; and if there is any place in hell hotter than another, those shall have it; see ( Matthew 7:23 ) ( 25:41 ) ( 24:51 ) ;

[but] peace [shall be] upon Israel;
upon every true Israelite, upon the whole Israel of God; the apostle seems to have respect to this passage in ( Galatians 6:16 ) ; such shall have spiritual peace in their hearts now, and eternal peace hereafter. The words may be read either as a prayer that it might be, or as a prophecy that it should be; and may have regard unto the latter day, when all the enemies of Christ and his church shall be destroyed, and there shall be abundance of peace, so long as the moon endures, ( Psalms 72:7 ) . Aben Ezra observes, that the psalmist prays that God would remove the wicked far off, and then there would be peace in Israel; and to the same purpose Arama and Kimchi interpret it.

Psalms 125:5 In-Context

1 Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds his people both now and forevermore.
3 The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous, for then the righteous might use their hands to do evil.
4 LORD, do good to those who are good, to those who are upright in heart.
5 But those who turn to crooked ways the LORD will banish with the evildoers. Peace be on Israel.

Cross References 4

  • 1. S Job 23:11
  • 2. Proverbs 2:15; Isaiah 59:8
  • 3. Psalms 92:7
  • 4. Psalms 128:6; Galatians 6:16