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War Psalms of the Prince of Peace: Lessons from the Imprecatory Psalms, 2nd ed.

, 2016
ISBN: 9781629952734


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25th Anniversary Revised and Expanded Edition

Although the Psalms are much beloved by readers of the Bible, some hostile language in individual psalms may be disconcerting. Are these seemingly vindictive prayers acceptable in the mouths of Christians? How is a pastor supposed to preach these texts?

James E. Adams wants us to embrace God’s Word in its entirety, and that means examining the parts that make us uncomfortable. In short, helpful chapters, Adams answers a number of questions: Are these psalms from God? Who is the speaker in the psalms? May we pray these psalms today? It turns out that the Prince of Peace has much to teach us about war, and even the imprecatory psalms may be prayed with the merciful goal of conversion.

Twenty-fifth anniversary edition—includes a new epilogue and additional chapter.

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Key Features

  • Examines the difficult and often-neglected Psalms
  • Proposes a biblical response to the imprecatory Psalms
  • Contains reflection questions for each chapter


  • Those Puzzling Prayers from the Psalms
  • Are These Prayers the Oracles of God?
  • Who Is Praying These Psalms?
  • Are Jesus’ Prayers Contradictory?
  • May We Pray the Imprecatory Psalms?
  • How Can We Preach These Prayers?
  • Marching to War in God’s Kingdom!
  • The Psalms—Christ’s Prayer Book
  • The Christian’s Duty Towards His Enemies
  • Two Sermon Summaries
  • The Messianic Cup of Wrath and Joy
  • Index to Psalm Imprecations
  • New Testament References to the Psalms

Praise for the Print Edition

James Adams’s book on the rather startling imprecatory psalms is the best of its kind. . . . Christ-centered throughout, it is enlightening, succinct, warm, practical, and helpful for everyone grappling with the strong language of these psalms—including pastors! Once you’ve read this book, you will no longer feel confused or embarrassed by these psalms, nor will you want to avoid them. . . . Let Dr. Adams’s book assist you to preach, teach, and pray the ‘war psalms’ as never before!

—Joel R. Beeke, President, Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary

Dr. James Adams’ War Psalms of the Prince of Peace must rank among the finest studies on the imprecatory psalms. . . . I routinely advise others to read this book when any question about those psalms arises. . . . We would all do well to spend time in this book, with these psalms, and in prayer for God to triumph over the forces of evil we face today.

—Michael A. Milton, Chair for Missions and Evangelism, Erskine Theological Seminary

Product Details

  • Title: War Psalms of the Prince of Peace: Lessons from the Imprecatory Psalms, Second Edition
  • Author: James E. Adams
  • Edition: 2nd
  • Publisher: P&R
  • Publication Date: 2016
  • Pages: 176
  • Resource Type: Monograph
  • Topic: Psalms

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James E. Adams (DMin, Westminster Seminary California) has been the pastor of Cornerstone Church in Mesa, Arizona, for more than thirty-five years and has taught theology for Reformed Baptist Seminary and in Latin America.

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  1. Philip Larson

    Philip Larson


    I love this book, but I'm looking for additional resources on these challenging Psalms.


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