Psalms 145:20

20 The LORD watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.

Psalms 145:20 in Other Translations

KJV
20 The LORD preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.
ESV
20 The LORD preserves all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.
NLT
20 The LORD protects all those who love him, but he destroys the wicked.
MSG
20 God sticks by all who love him, but it's all over for those who don't.
CSB
20 The Lord guards all those who love Him, but He destroys all the wicked.

Psalms 145:20 Meaning and Commentary

Psalms 145:20

The Lord preserveth all them that love him
All do not love Christ, none but those that are born again, and believe in him: love to Christ is a fruit of the Spirit, and accompanies faith in him; it flows from the love of Christ shed into the heart, and from a view of his loveliness, and a sense of his benefits; and, where it is true and genuine, it is superlative and sincere, and shows itself by a regard to its truths and ordinances, to his people, ways, and worship: and such the Lord preserves often in times of public calamity; and from the evil of sin, the dominion of it; from Satan's temptations, from being devoured and destroyed by him; and from a final and total falling away; he preserves them to his kingdom and glory, which is promised to them that love him; but all the wicked will he destroy;
he will consume them from off the earth, so that the wicked shall be no more; he will destroy the man of sin, and all his adherents; all the enemies of Christ, those that do not love him, but oppose him, his Gospel, kingdom, and interest; the beast and false prophet, with all that attend them, shall be cut off; the day of the Lord, like an oven, shall burn up all that do wickedly, and shall leave them neither root nor branch: this will especially be true at the day of judgment, when the wicked shall be ordered to everlasting fire; and they shall go into eternal punishment, when they shall be turned into hell; and all the nations that forget God. Kimchi interprets this of future time, when there shall not be a wicked man left in the world, and compares it with ( Malachi 4:1 ) .

Psalms 145:20 In-Context

18 The LORD is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
19 He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.
20 The LORD watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.
21 My mouth will speak in praise of the LORD. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever.

Cross References 3

  • 1. S Psalms 1:6
  • 2. Psalms 31:23; Psalms 91:14; Psalms 97:10
  • 3. S Psalms 94:23; Psalms 9:5