Psalm 58
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1For the director of music. To the tune of "Do Not Destroy." Of David. A miktam. Do you rulers indeed speak justly? Do you judge people with equity?1Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods? Do you judge the children of man uprightly?
2No, in your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth.2No, in your hearts you devise wrongs; your hands deal out violence on earth.
3Even from birth the wicked go astray; from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.3The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth, speaking lies.
4Their venom is like the venom of a snake, like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,4They have venom like the venom of a serpent, like the deaf adder that stops its ear,
5that will not heed the tune of the charmer, however skillful the enchanter may be.5so that it does not hear the voice of charmers or of the cunning enchanter.
6Break the teeth in their mouths, O God; LORD, tear out the fangs of those lions!6O God, break the teeth in their mouths; tear out the fangs of the young lions, O LORD!
7Let them vanish like water that flows away; when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.7Let them vanish like water that runs away; when he aims his arrows, let them be blunted.
8May they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along, like a stillborn child that never sees the sun.8Let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime, like the stillborn child who never sees the sun.
9Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns-- whether they be green or dry--the wicked will be swept away.9Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of thorns, whether green or ablaze, may he sweep them away!
10The righteous will be glad when they are avenged, when they dip their feet in the blood of the wicked.10The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance; he will bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11Then people will say, "Surely the righteous still are rewarded; surely there is a God who judges the earth."11Mankind will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth.”
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Psalm 57
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