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Psalm 91:8

ESV You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.
NIV You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.
NASB You will only look on with your eyes And see the retaliation against the wicked.
CSB You will only see it with your eyes and witness the punishment of the wicked.
NLT Just open your eyes, and see how the wicked are punished.
KJV Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.

What does Psalm 91:8 mean?

This verse refers to the death of the thousands mentioned in the previous verse (Psalm 91:7) as "the recompense of the wicked." Those who trust in the Lord will escape God's judgment, but they will witness it. In an eternal perspective, this is true in the most literal sense (Revelation 20:11–15). In practice, rejecting God's goodness and wisdom generally leads to disaster (Proverbs 1:7; 9:11–12).

Psalm 92:9 echoes this confidence that the Lord's enemies will perish. Psalm 92:11–12 records the psalmist's testimony, "My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies; my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants. The righteous flourish like the palm tree and grow like a cedar in Lebanon." The wicked may seem to go unpunished now (Psalm 73:3–5), but someday they will feel God's wrath (Psalm 73:16–19). At the end of days, a multitude of unbelievers will follow Satan's lead and camp around Jerusalem, but God will rain fire on them (Revelation 20:7–9). The Devil will be captured and will be thrown into the lake of fire to be tormented forever (Revelation 20:10). God's wrath is the payment for sin.
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