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Cyclopedia of Biblical, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature
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.