Psalm 73:27 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Psalm 73:27, NIV: "Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you."

Psalm 73:27, ESV: "For behold, those who are far from you shall perish; you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you."

Psalm 73:27, KJV: "For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee."

Psalm 73:27, NASB: "For, behold, those who are far from You will perish; You have destroyed all those who are unfaithful to You."

Psalm 73:27, NLT: "Those who desert him will perish, for you destroy those who abandon you."

Psalm 73:27, CSB: "Those far from you will certainly perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you."

What does Psalm 73:27 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

At the beginning of this psalm Asaph was suffering a crisis of faith, thanks to a short-range view of the wicked (Psalm 73:2–3). They prospered and were healthy, while God's people were suffering (Psalm 73:4–14). Now, after pondering the whole matter before the Lord in the temple (Psalm 73:15–18), he takes the more appropriate, long-range view of the wicked: they were far from God and destined to perish.

Asaph understood that God judges everyone who violates His laws. Most likely, the well-to-do evil ones Asaph was thinking of were unfaithful Israelites. It is also true that everyone who fails to believe on God's Son is condemned already (John 3:18). John 3:36 says categorically: "Whoever does not obey the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God remains on him." At the final judgment, the great white throne judgment, all unbelievers, regardless of their rank and station in life, will be consigned to the lake of fire. This judgment is called the second death because it causes separation from God for eternity (Revelation 20:10–15).