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Psalm 28:4

4 Repay them for their deeds and for their evil work; repay them for what their hands have done and bring back on them what they deserve.

Read Psalm 28:4 Using Other Translations

Give them according to their deeds, and according to the wickedness of their endeavours: give them after the work of their hands; render to them their desert.
Give to them according to their work and according to the evil of their deeds; give to them according to the work of their hands; render them their due reward.
Give them the punishment they so richly deserve! Measure it out in proportion to their wickedness. Pay them back for all their evil deeds! Give them a taste of what they have done to others.

What does Psalm 28:4 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 28:4

Give them according to their deeds
According to the demerit of them, which is death, even death eternal;

and according to the wickedness of their endeavours;
for though wicked men do not always succeed; yet their want of success does not excuse their wickedness;

give them after the work of their hands;
see ( 2 Timothy 4:14 ) ;

render to them their desert;
what their iniquities, in thought, word, and deed, deserve: such petitions are not contrary to that Christian charity which the Gospel recommends; nor do they savour of a spirit of revenge, which is condemned by the word of God; for it should be observed, that these things are said with respect to men given up to a reprobate mind; and that the psalmist does not seek to avenge himself, nor to gratify his own mind; but he sought the glory of God, and moreover spoke by a prophetic spirit, knowing what was the will of God in this case; see ( Psalms 28:5 ) ; and therefore these petitions of his are not to be drawn into an example in common and ordinary cases.

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