How does God’s wrath bring him praise? (Psalm 76:10)

How does God’s wrath bring him praise? (Psalm 76:10)

7 It is you alone who are to be feared.
    Who can stand before you when you are angry?
8 From heaven, you pronounced judgment,
    and the land feared and was quiet—
9 when you, God, rose up to judge,
    to save all the afflicted of the land.
10 Surely your wrath against mankind brings you praise,
    and the survivors of your wrath are restrained.

Clarify Share Report Asked January 22 2019 My picture Jack Gutknecht

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
As noted in Psalm 76:9 (the verse prior to the one containing the passage cited in the question), the purpose of God's wrath was to save the afflicted of the land. God was therefore exercising His wrath against the enemies who were oppressing Israel in order to fight against those enemies on Israel's behalf.

As a result, the Israelites who were saved would praise God for their deliverance, and those enemies who had managed to survive God's wrath would be restrained by fear from oppressing Israel further.

January 24 2019 1 response Vote Up Share Report

My picture Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
I think that the NET Bible translation renders it best:.
NET ©	
Certainly 1 your angry judgment upon men will bring you praise; 2 you reveal your anger in full measure. 3 

NET © Notes	
1 tn Or “for.”

2 tn Heb “the anger of men will praise you.” This could mean that men’s anger (subjective genitive), when punished by God, will bring him praise, but this interpretation does not harmonize well with the next line. The translation assumes that God’s anger is in view here (see v. 7) and that “men” is an objective genitive. God’s angry judgment against men brings him praise because it reveals his power and majesty (see vv. 1-4).

3 tn Heb “the rest of anger you put on.” The meaning of the statement is not entirely clear. Perhaps the idea is that God, as he prepares for battle, girds himself with every last ounce of his anger, as if it were a weapon.

This agrees with Warren Wiersbe's The Wiersbe Bible Commentary

August 03 2019 0 responses Vote Up Share Report

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