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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature

Imprecation

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an appeal to God, invoking his curse upon (1) either one's self or (2) another. For the former, (See OATH). The latter, which occurs frequently in the so-called "imprecatory Psalms" (see Edwards, On the Divine Imprecations, in the Bibliotheca Sacra, 1, 97; Presb. Quart. Rev. App. 1861; British and For. Ev. Rev. July, 1864; Heine, Abus. Psalms, 109, imprec. Helmst. 1739), is justified partly by the atrocity of some of the crimes execrated (e.g. that of Doeg), and partly by the fact of special authority in the act of inspiration. (See ACCURSED); (See CANAANITES, DESTRUCTION OF); (See PSALMS).

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McClintock, John. Strong, James. Entry for 'Imprecation'. Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/tce/i/imprecation.html. Harper & Brothers. New York. 1870.

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