Psalm 58
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Prayer for the Punishment of the Wicked.

For the music director; set to [a]Al-tashheth. A [b]Mikhtam of David.

1Do you indeed [c]speak righteousness, you [d]gods?

Do you judge [e]fairly, you sons of mankind?

2No, in heart you practice injustice;

On earth you clear a way for the violence of your hands.

3The wicked have turned away from the womb;

These who speak lies go astray from [f]birth.

4They have venom like the venom of a serpent;

Like a deaf cobra that stops up its ear,

5So that it does not hear the voice of [g]charmers,

Or a skillful caster of spells.

6God, shatter their teeth in their mouth;

Break out the fangs of the young lions, LORD.

7May they flow away like water that runs off;

When he [h]aims his arrows, may they be as [i]headless shafts.

8May they be like a snail which goes along in slime,

Like the miscarriage of a woman that never sees the sun.

9Before your pots can feel the fire of thorns

He will sweep them away with a whirlwind, the [j]green and the burning alike.

10The righteous will rejoice when he sees vengeance;

He will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.

11And people will say, “There certainly is [k]a reward for the righteous;

There certainly is a God who judges on the earth!”

[a] PSALM 58Title Lit Do Not Destroy
[b] PSALM 58Title Possibly Epigrammatic Poem or Atonement Psalm
[c] 1 Another reading is speak righteousness in silence
[d] 1 Or mighty ones; or judges
[e] 1 Or mankind fairly?
[f] 3 Lit the womb
[g] 5 Or whisperers
[h] 7 Lit bends
[i] 7 Lit though they were cut off
[j] 9 Lit living
[k] 11 Lit fruit

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