Poetic Justice in the Bible

Poetic justice is the thing we all love to see, let's discover why its so satisfying and how it's used in the Word of God
Poetic justice is "an outcome in which vice is punished and virtue rewarded usually in a manner peculiarly or ironically appropriate."[1] Essentially poetic justice is what someone gets what they deserve. We love to see this because it's the neat ending we alway want to see: we want to see the good guy lifted up and the bad guy punished. The first secular example that came to my mind while I was studying this topic was Ever After, a realistic version of Cinderella. In Ever After, the stepmother forces Cinderella into servant hood and mistreats her, but in the end Cinderella is married to the prince and the stepmother is forced to become a servant.

Biblical Examples
Jacob & Esau Jacob tricks Isaac into giving him Esau's blessing; Laban tricks Jacob into 14 years of work and marrying the wrong daughter
Death of the FirstbornsPharaoh has Israelite children killed; God punishes Egypt by killing the firstborns in the final plague
EstherHaman tries to get Mordecai and the Jews killed; Mordecai is exalted and Haman is killed
The Whole BibleThe whole purpose of the Bible is the concept of the righteous gaining paradise and the serpent who took it from us being cast out forever


  1. "Poetic Justice". Merriam Webster Dictionary; visited May 2022

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