Bible Contradictions: Psalm 92:12- Isaiah 57:1, The Fate of the Righteous

Skeptics often point to these Bible verses as contradictory regarding the fate of the righteous. Let’s see if they’re right.

Psalms 92:12, “The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree.”

Isaiah 57:1, “The righteous perisheth, and no man layeth it to heart.”

Do these verses contradict each other when it comes to the fate of the righteous, or is this just a contextual mistake?

Firstly, as with the last contradiction, Psalm 92 is a psalm of praise, and so shouldn’t be seen as an absolute. Secondly, David in this psalm is expressing hope for the future. This begins in vs.9, “For, lo, thine enemies, O LORD, for, lo, thine enemies shall perish; all the workers of iniquity shall be scattered.

It’s written in the future perfect tense and displays a hope for the end of time, the reward of the righteous in eternity (to flourish). Compare this now to the context of Isaiah’s passage. Here is the whole verse of concern:

“The righteous perish, and no one ponders it in his heart; devout men are taken away, and no one understands that the righteous are taken away to be spared from evil.”

Isaiah’s passage is a poetic expression of rebuke to those who refuse God’s salvation in the present. This passage in Isaiah is written in the present tense, and thus reflects a present reality. The righteous are perishing, and their reward is what is recorded in Psalm 92, to be spared from evil and to flourish in eternity. So this contradiction is based only on a lack of contextual understanding.



9 thoughts on “Bible Contradictions: Psalm 92:12- Isaiah 57:1, The Fate of the Righteous

  1. In order to have universal justice you must have an after life where the injustices in this world are corrected in the next.
    Buddhists have rebirth as we become better and better.
    Do away with any form of immortality and you do away with justice.
    Humans love justice it makes sense of the world but our conscience and desire for justice does not mean it is real.
    Some argue the very need for it clinches the argument.
    Scientists argue the need for absolute order means the laws of physics must be universal.
    I find such arguments unconvincing.
    In the same way those who go to extremes to validate every part of the Quran , Bible or any other document.
    We often over-protect those cherished beliefs we cannot bear to loose.

    1. Kap, what are you going on about here? None of this is relevant to the post, which was simply pointing out how these two verses don’t contradict each other so I’m not going to answer it. I will answer this though as it seems to be the only relevant point you made:

      “In the same way those who go to extremes to validate every part of the Quran , Bible or any other document.
      We often over-protect those cherished beliefs we cannot bear to loose.”

      I do not deny people often do this, even I’ve been guilty of it in the past, but I can assure you, there was no extreme desperation in protecting my beliefs going on here. If any atheist can show me a Bible contradiction that remains intact even in its context, I’ll accept it. I’ve seen MANY supposed contradictions, and it hasn’t happened yet. Actually, often when I look to the arguments offered by well-read apologists, I find a completely different outcome, in that it’s atheists who hold tightly to their beliefs while refusing any counter argument. Theists are certainly guilty of these things, but be careful not to lump them all together and leave everyone else out.

      1. Sorry I’m not very good at explanations but thanks for your latter answer.
        Not being a Bible scholar and only an occasional reader I’m in no position to debate any particular point.
        I have nothing against theists or Atheists or any othet ists.
        I tend to use the site Bible odyssey
        and take the word of most of those experts.
        I suspect it would not be to your liking or the taste of many Christians.

      2. Can’t say I really thought that was relevant either Luc…But anyway. Really nice post once again, can’t say I have heard of that contradiction but it wouldn’t surprise me if the atheists tried to use it. Can’t wait to hear more from you. Blessings

    2. Just took a look at that Bible Odyessy site. It’s quite excellent I must say, not sure why you’d say it wouldn’t be to my tastes. There are a few things I disagree with, but overall I’ll be looking more into it. Thanks Kap!

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