Ask a Pastor Column

Presenting biblical answers to tough questions


January 25, 2024

Q: What does the phrase “’Vengeance is Mine,’ says the Lord.” really mean? 

A: “Vengeance is mine,” Is an oft repeated promise from God to right the wrongs that surround us in this world (Deuteronomy 32:35; Psalm 94:1; Romans 12:19). Any time we see wrong done to ourselves or others we can often feel a strong desire for payback or revenge. If we act on this desire the Bible calls it taking vengeance. While the Bible does not say that wanting justice is wrong it does tell us that we are not to take justice into our own hands (Romans 12:17-21). Instead, we must trust God to hand...

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