Psalm 11

Psalm 11 is only seven verses. Neighbors challenge the Psalter as to the prosperity of the wicked, warranting a need to flee: “For the foundations are destroyed, what can a righteous person do?” The foundations can refer to society at large crumbling or provide a direct challenge to God for allowing the undermining of societal justice. The reference of God’s “raining fire and brimstone”  is an echo of Sodom and Gomorrah of Genesis 19:24, when God eradicated evil. The Psalter is provoked in a time of trouble to respond with assurance that God sees and will eventually punish.