Tehillim Fifty-Eight: Righteousness

“The righteous man will rejoice because he saw revenge; he will bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked (Psalms 58:11).” This sentence goes against most of my understanding of what it means to be righteous. I often think about how it would make me a better person if I didn’t take pleasure from the minor problems of people who’ve done bad things or who I don’t like. And that’s just moderate. How can it be a good thing to rejoice in the problems of others, no matter how wicked they are? Aren’t we supposed to hope for their redemption and only wish good things?

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