The Just Judgment of the Wicked
To the Chief Musician. Set to 1“Do Not Destroy.” A Michtam of David.
1 Do you indeed speak righteousness, you silent ones?
Do you judge uprightly, you sons of men?
2 No, in heart you work wickedness;
You weigh out the violence of your hands in the earth.
3 aThe wicked are estranged from the womb;
They go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.
4 bTheir poison is like the poison of a serpent;
They are like the deaf cobra that stops its ear,
5 Which will not cheed the voice of charmers,
Charming ever so skillfully.
6 dBreak 2their teeth in their mouth, O God!
Break out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord!
7 eLet them flow away as waters which run continually;
When he bends his bow,
Let his arrows be as if cut in pieces.
8 Let them be like a snail which melts away as it goes,
fLike a stillborn child of a woman, that they may not see the sun.
9 Before your gpots can feel the burning thorns,
He shall take them away has with a whirlwind,
As in His living and burning wrath.
10 The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the ivengeance;
jHe shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked,
11 kSo that men will say,
“Surely there is a reward for the righteous;
Surely He is God who ljudges in the earth.”
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