A Cry For Justice

Awakening the Evangelical Church to Domestic Violence and Abuse in its Midst

Abuse in general – page 1 of Scriptures Describing Abuse

Ps. 55  The whole psalm describes betrayal.
vv 12-13:  For it is not an enemy who taunts me – then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me – then I could hide from him.  But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend.

Ps. 120: 6-7  Too long have I had my dwelling among those who hate peace.  I am for peace, but when I speak, they are for war!

Prov. 10:11  The mouth of the righteous is a fountain of life, but the mouth of the wicked conceals violence.

Ps. 86:14  O God, insolent men have risen up against me; a band of ruthless men seeks my life, and they do not set you before them.

Is. 57:20  But the wicked are like the tossing sea; for it cannot be quiet, and its waters toss up mire and dirt.

Ps. 35:7  For without cause they hid their net for me; without cause they dug a pit for my life.

Ps. 119:78  Let the insolent be put to shame, because they have wronged me with falsehood; as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.

Ps. 144:7b-8 Rescue me and deliver me from the many waters, from the hand of foreigners, whose mouths speak lies and whose right hand is a right hand of falsehood.

1 Sam. 25:3  Now the name of the man was Nabal, and the name of his wife Abigail.  The woman was discerning and beautiful, but the man was harsh and badly behaved; he was a Calebite.

Zodhiates’ Lexical aids says that the Hebrew word translated ‘badly’ (‘badly behaved’) means bad, inferior quality, wicked, evil, mischievous, severe, malignant, noxious, injurious, hurtful, unpleasant, hideous, fierce, wild, deadliness. Inability to come up to good standards which will benefit. It is unethical, immoral activity against other people. This depicts a very negative attitude towards God or man.

Paul was abusive before his conversion

(Note: Paul was not an abuser according to our definition.  While he did do abusive acts before his conversion, he did not have the mentality of an abuser rather he acted out of ignorance and unbelief.  See 1 Timothy 1:13)

Acts 22:4  I (Paul) persecuted this Way (Christianity) to the death, binding and delivering to prison both men and women,
Also Acts 8:3; 9:1-2; 26:9-11

Acts 13:50  But the Jews incited the devout women of high standing and the leading men of the city, stirred up persecution against Paul and Barnabas, and drove them out of their district.

Is. 59:3-8  For your hands are defiled with blood and your fingers with iniquity; your lips have spoken lies; your tongue mutters wickedness.  No one enters suit justly; no one goes to law honestly; they rely on empty pleas, they speak lies, they conceive mischief and give birth to iniquity.  They hatch adders’ eggs; they weave the spider’s web; he who eats their eggs dies, and from one that is crushed a viper is hatched.  Their webs will not serve as clothing; men will not cover themselves with what they make.  Their works are works of iniquity, and deeds of violence are in their hands.  Their feet run to evil, and they are swift to shed innocent blood; their thoughts are thoughts of iniquity; desolation and destruction are in their highways.  The way of peace they do not know; and there is no justice in their paths; they have made their roads crooked; no one who treads on them knows peace.

Also Ps. 36:1-4; Ps. 59:6-7, 12; Ecc. 8:9 ,11; Ps. 7:1

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2 Comments

  1. Psalm 55 vv 12-13: “For it is not an enemy who taunts me – then I could bear it; it is not an adversary who deals insolently with me – then I could hide from him. But it is you, a man, my equal, my companion, my familiar friend.”

    WOW! I said virtually the same thing to my abuser husband! (and a friend at another time) and I didn’t know this verse. I basically said, ‘if what I endured had been done by someone I didn’t really know it would be easier to take than from you (him) who promised to cherish, love, and protect me, but instead you (he) abused me.’ This just blows my mind and I’m so grateful this verse has been posted here to validate my heart.

    • yes, Psalm 55 is the abuse victim’s psalm, is it not?

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