Daily Bible Nugget #584, Psalm 94:16

The Nugget:

Psa 94:16  Who will rise up for me against the evildoers? or who will stand up for me against the workers of iniquity? (KJV)

Psa 94:16 Who will stand up for me against those cruel people? (CEV, Contemporary English Version)

Psa 94:16  Who will stand up for me against evildoers? Who will stand by my side against troublemakers? (God’s Word translation)

My Comment:

David tells us the source of his help in the very next verse:

Psa 94:17  If the LORD had not come to help me, my soul would have quickly fallen silent in death. (GW)

I have placed the following chapter headnote for Psalm 94 in The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury (which can be displayed in eSword by clicking on the “C” icon for “Chapter Notes”):

The Psalmist calls on God to take vengeance on the persecutors of his people, 1-4, He complains of their cruelty and impiety, and sharply reproves their atheistical folly, 5-11, He shows the benefits of affliction, attended by divine teaching; and the security of God’s people, 12-15, He calls for helpers against evil doers; declares his experience of God’s goodness, and foretells the destruction of persecutors, 16-23.

(Title.) A.M. 3416, B.C. 588, Note: Dr. Delaney supposes that this Psalm was written by David on occasion of his war with the Ammonites, in consequence of the indignities shown to his messengers; but it is more probable that it was written to bewail the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple.

Here are the cross references from The Ultimate Cross Reference Treasury (which will be displayed in eSword by clicking on the “V” icon for “Verse Notes”):

Psalms 94:16

rise up. Exo 32:26, 27, 28, 29, Num 25:6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, Jdg 5:23, 1Ki 18:39, 40, 2Ki 9:32; 2Ki 10:15, Isa 59:16, 17, 18, 19; Isa 63:5, Jer 5:1, **Eze 22:30, Mat 12:30, 3Jn 1:8.

stand up. Neh 5:7, Jer 26:16, 17, 18, 19, Joh 7:50, 51, *2Ti 4:10; *2Ti 4:11.

against the workers. Luk 12:46.

Notice that under the keywords “rise up” that the reference to Ezekiel 22:30 is marked by a double asterisk, the symbol I have used to emphasize particularly clear and important references that should not be missed:

Ezekiel 22:30
30  And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none.
King James Version

Today we have much lawlessness taking place in the form of violent protests, destruction of property, serious injury of police officers whether local, state, or federal, three I read were permanently and totally blinded by having lasers beamed directly at their eyes.

Those who are participating in such lawlessness are not doing so for a righteous cause. No Bible-believing Christian, no conservative, no patriot, should lend any form of support for such groups or their activities:

2Ch 19:2  And Jehu the son of Hanani the seer went out to meet him, and said to king Jehoshaphat, Shouldest thou help the ungodly, and love them that hate the LORD? therefore is wrath upon thee from before the LORD. (KJV)

2Ch 19:2 But the prophet Jehu son of Hanani met him and said: By helping that wicked Ahab, you have made friends with someone who hates the LORD. Now the LORD God is angry at you! (CEV)

2Ch 19:2  Jehu, son of the seer Hanani, asked King Jehoshaphat, “Why do you help wicked people and love those who hate the LORD? The LORD’S anger is directed toward you because you have done this. (GW)

By the numbers alone, in this country Christians, conservatives, and patriots far outnumber those who are currently raising havoc throughout this land. We are reaping the reward of our failure to win souls to our Lord Jesus Christ (Proverbs 11:30; Luke 19:10; Acts 1:8). We are reaping the reward of our failure to teach others how to win souls to Christ. We are reaping the reward of our failure to carefully study the Bible ourselves and our failure to encourage others to do likewise. It is time for Christians to wake up and stand up for the Gospel of Christ:

Rom 1:16  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

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