Study Guide – Psalm 69:22-28



22 Let the bountiful table set before them become a snare
    and their prosperity become a trap.
23 Let their eyes go blind so they cannot see,
    and make their bodies shake continually.
24 Pour out your fury on them;
    consume them with your burning anger.
25 Let their homes become desolate
    and their tents be deserted.
26 To the one you have punished, they add insult to injury;
    they add to the pain of those you have hurt.
27 Pile their sins up high,
    and don’t let them go free.
28 Erase their names from the Book of Life;
    don’t let them be counted among the righteous. NLT


Read verses 22-28. Is it okay to pray this way? Why or why not?


Which parts of those verses surprise you the most? Why is that?


According to verse 22, in David’s mind, whose fault will it be if his enemies suffer?


Look closely at  verse 26. Earlier in this psalm David admitted he had sinned. What appeal does he make in verse 26?



What role do our sins and our sufferings play in our prayers? After thinking about this question, take a moment to pray to the Lord about this question.


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Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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