For the choir director: A psalm* of David, to be sung to the tune “Do Not Destroy!”
1 Justice—do you rulers* know the meaning of the word?
Do you judge the people fairly?
You spread violence throughout the land.
even from birth they have lied and gone their own way.
they are like cobras that refuse to listen,
no matter how skillfully they play.
Smash the jaws of these lions, O Lord!
Make their weapons useless in their hands.*
like a stillborn child who will never see the sun.
faster than a pot heats over burning thorns.
They will wash their feet in the blood of the wicked.
“There truly is a reward for those who live for God;
surely there is a God who judges justly here on earth.”