Psalm 58 To the Chief Musician; [set to the tune of] “Do Not Destroy.” A record of memorable thoughts of David. 58 1DO YOU indeed in silence speak righteousness, O you mighty ones? [Or is the righteousness, rightness, and justice you should speak quite dumb?] Do you judge fairly and uprightly, O you sons of men? 2No, in your heart you devise wickedness; you deal out in the land the violence of your hands. 3The ungodly are perverse and estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies. 4Their poison is like the venom of a serpent; they are like the deaf adder or asp that stops its ear, 5Which listens not to the voice of charmers or of the enchanter never casting spells so cunningly. 6Break their teeth, O God, in their mouths; break out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord. 7Let them melt away as water which runs on apace; when he aims his arrows, let them be as if they were headless or split apart. 8Let them be as a snail dissolving slime as it passes on or as a festering sore which wastes away, like [the child to which] a woman gives untimely birth that has not seen the sun. 9Before your pots can feel the thorns [that are placed under them for fuel], He will take them away as with a whirlwind, the green and the burning ones alike. 10The [unyieldingly] righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance; he will bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked. 11Men will say, Surely there is a reward for the [uncompromisingly] righteous; surely there is a God Who judges on the earth.
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