Prayer for the Punishment of the Wicked.

For the choir director; set to Al-tashheth. A Mikhtam of David.

1 Do you indeed 1speak righteousness, O 2gods?

Do you ajudge 3uprightly, O sons of men?

2 No, in heart you awork unrighteousness;

On earth you bweigh out the violence of your hands.

3 The wicked are estranged afrom the womb;

These who speak lies bgo astray from 1birth.

4 They have venom like the avenom of a serpent;

Like a deaf cobra that stops up its ear,

5 So that it adoes not hear the voice of 1bcharmers,

Or a skillful caster of spells.

6 O God, ashatter their teeth in their mouth;

Break out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord.

7 Let them aflow away like water that runs off;

When he 1baims his arrows, let them be as 2headless shafts.

8 Let them be as a snail which 1melts away as it goes along,

Like the amiscarriages of a woman which never see the sun.

9 Before your apots can feel the fire of thorns

He will bsweep them away with a whirlwind, the 1green and the burning alike.

10 The arighteous will rejoice when he bsees the vengeance;

He will cwash his feet in the blood of the wicked.

11 And men will say, “Surely there is a 1areward for the righteous;

Surely there is a God who bjudges 2on earth!”


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