The Lord loves those who hate evil;
he preserves the lives of his saints;
he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.

Psalm 97:10 (Revised Standard Version)

John Calvin’s Commentaries contain many hidden gems. Consider this almost pacifist interpretation of this passage:

As the persecution of the wicked is apt to provoke us to seek revenge, and unwarrantable methods of escape, the Psalmist guards us against this temptation, by asserting that God is the keeper and protector of his people. If persuaded of being under the Divine guardianship, we will not strive with the wicked, nor retaliate injury upon those who have wronged us, but commit our safety to him who will faithfully defend it. This gracious act of condescension, by which God takes us under his care, should serve as a check to any impatience we might feel in abstaining from what is evil, and preserving the course of integrity under provocation.


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