As David pens Psalm 5:10-11 (Hebrew verse numbering) he uses the poetic device of chiasm (mirror image or inverted parallelism) to reveal multiple emphases. The artistry of one verse with its four lines, four negative descriptions of the wicked, four body parts, and four chiasms stands out and builds literary momentum as the psalm nears its concluding verses (vv. 12-13 in Hebrew). Boomerang justice stands out as one of the themes in David’s prayer. And, he leaves no doubt about who will judge the wicked–God Himself.

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