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- adj. that imprecates
- adj. that invokes evil
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of the nature of, or containing, imprecation; invoking evil.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of the nature of or containing an imprecation; invoking evil or a curse; maledictory: as, the imprecatory passages in the Psalms.
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Nor are these isolated instances: depending on how you count them, the biblical book includes about 20 "imprecatory," or cursing, psalms among its 150.
I’m not personally outraged — merely amused and mildly irritated — but I think the outrage is traceable not to the idea of imprecatory prayer, but to the screwed up moral code behind it.
Sometimes called the imprecatory psalms, these hymns request God’s help in destroying an enemy.
Diana Butler Bass at Beliefnet explains that Psalm 109 is one of the "imprecatory" prayers, "a lament in the form of petition to destroy one's enemies."
Willey Drake goes on to say that he has been praying "imprecatory" Psalms over President Obama and the same fate awaits Obama if he does not repent.
We can probably expect to see more of this kind of imprecatory prayer (literally calling on God to damn someone).
"imprecatory" Psalms, for example xvi and liii, rejoice in their enemies misfortune.
As I have said many times, I regret that I led this imprecatory prayer to God to remove the Supreme Court justice in 1986.
The death prayer raises these questions: Does uttering a death threat even if couched as an imprecatory prayer on Facebook cross the line between protected speech and hate speech?
Almighty God, today we pray imprecatory prayers from Psalm 109 against Barrack Hussein Obama, who has arrogantly usurped Your Dominion over our Christian Land in contravention to Your Holy Scriptures and our Constitution.