Psalms 58

Psalm 581

For the music director; according to the al-tashcheth style;2 a prayer3 of David.

58:1 Do you rulers really pronounce just decisions?4

Do you judge people5 fairly?

58:2 No!6 You plan how to do what is unjust;7

you deal out violence in the earth.8

58:3 The wicked turn aside from birth;9

liars go astray as soon as they are born.10

58:4 Their venom is like that of a snake,11

like a deaf serpent12 that does not hear,13

58:5 that does not respond to14 the magicians,

or to a skilled snake-charmer.

58:6 O God, break the teeth in their mouths!

Smash the jawbones of the lions, O Lord!

58:7 Let them disappear15 like water that flows away!16

Let them wither like grass!17

58:8 Let them be18 like a snail that melts away as it moves along!19

Let them be like20 stillborn babies21 that never see the sun!

58:9 Before the kindling is even placed under your pots,22

he23 will sweep it away along with both the raw and cooked meat.24

58:10 The godly25 will rejoice when they see vengeance carried out;

they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.

58:11 Then26 observers27 will say,

“Yes indeed, the godly are rewarded!28

Yes indeed, there is a God who judges29 in the earth!”

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