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Does God use antisemitism (hatred of Jews) for judgment? Occasionally you might hear someone say that antisemitism is God's judgment of the Jews. Is that what the Bible says?
In Genesis 12:3 the Lord told Abram (the first of 3 Patriarchs of the Jews) that He would, "bless those that bless you, and curse him who curses you."
The same promise was passed down from Abram's son Isaac to his son Jacob (the 3rd Patriarch). He blessed Jacob (later renamed Israel) saying, "Cursed be everyone who curses you, and blessed be those who bless you." (Gen 27:29)
Later, after they had been released from slavery in Egypt, Balaam declared over all of Israel, "Blessed is he who blesses you, and cursed is he who curses you." (Num 24:9)
Even when scolding Israel for being unfaithful, the Lord said through Jeremiah the prophet, "Israel is holy to the Lord, the firstfruits of His increase. All that devour him offend; Disaster will come upon them." (Jer 2:3)
Another prophet, Obadiah (Ovadyah) wrote, "You will be covered in shame for violence against Jacob..." (10), and "As you have done, it shall be done to you..." (15).
Finally, when Yeshuah ("Jesus") returns to judge the earth He will say, "Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me." (Matt 25:40)
So we see that anti-Semitism is used by the Lord for judgment, but not as some might expect. He uses how others treat the Jews as His measure of how He will treat them in return.