Imprecatory Prayers

Difficulty is felt today with biblical prayers that God will take vengeance, partly because of their Oriental exuberance of expression, which to us sounds like bloodthirstiness and gloating (imagining detail about anyone’s evil prospects is culturally unacceptable to Westerners), but mainly because the pure zeal for God’s glory that these prayers express is foreign to our spiritually sluggish hearts.

J. I. Packer, A Passion for Faithfulness (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Books, 1995), 101.