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Psalm 58

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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