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On worship in wartime: Is it time for imprecations?


12th December 2022

Japanese propaganda photograph from the Pacific War, soldiers holding up pieces of paper.
Praise the LORD, all nations! Extol him, all peoples! For great is his steadfast love toward us, and the faithfulness of the LORD endures forever. Praise the LORD!
Psalm 117:1-2 (ESV)
They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.
Psalm 14:3 (ESV)
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
Psalm 51:5 (ESV)
If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness, that you may be feared.
Psalm 130:3-4 (ESV)
Japanese propaganda photograph from the Pacific War - large ship.
Image: Japanese propaganda photograph from the Pacific War (1941-45). British Museum. 2011,3006.1 (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0).


  • Steffen Jenkins

    Lecturer in Old Testament at Union School of Theology and author of Imprecations in the Psalms: Love for Enemies in Hard Places (2022), which was written at Tyndale House