Paul's prayers of vengeance

Again in looking at vengeance in the Bible you will come across these. And they are just a few of the things Paul prayed.

"I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand.  If anyone has no love for the Lord, let him be accursed. Our Lord, come!" - 1 Corinthians 16:21-22

"But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, let him be accursed.  As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, let him be accursed." - Galatians 1:8-9

"I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves!" - Galatians 5:12

"Alexander the coppersmith did me great harm; the Lord will repay him according to his deeds." - 2 Timothy 4:14

One of the arguments against praying the imprecatory Psalms is that they were an Old Testament thing and we cant use it normatively. This is crazy for a number of reasons, not the least of which is these sorts of things are prayed by Paul and several of the imprecatory Psalms are quoted by Jesus.

Also note Paul isn't praying for them to be killed or quit their jobs so he can make more money or something rather, he is praying for the Lord to repay them for their sin. The same God we look to for grace for believers he looks to for judgment on sinners.

We are not ones to judge, but there is nothing wrong with the Lord judging. So why does it feel so awkward to pray for the Lord to do his job?

If you're interested, this was really a fascinating read. While there is a very obvious Calvinist tilt, I am not a Calvinist and I still found it extremely helpful and well argued.

Adams, James E. War Psalms of the Prince of Peace. Phillipsburg, NJ: Presbyterian and Reformed, 1991.