Psalm 58
New American Bible Revised Edition

Psalm 58*

The Dethroning of Unjust Rulers

1For the leader. Do not destroy.* A miktam of David.


2Do you indeed pronounce justice, O gods;*

do you judge fairly you children of Adam?a

3No, you freely engage in crime;

your hands dispense violence to the earth.


4The wicked have been corrupt since birth;

liars from the womb, they have gone astray.

5*Their venom is like the venom of a snake,

like that of a serpent stopping its ears,b

6So as not to hear the voice of the charmer

or the enchanter with cunning spells.


7O God, smash the teeth in their mouths;

break the fangs of these lions, Lord!c

8Make them vanish like water flowing away;d

trodden down, let them wither like grass.e

9Let them dissolve like a snail that oozes away,*

like an untimely birth that never sees the sun.f

10Suddenly, like brambles or thistles,

have the whirlwind snatch them away.g

11Then the just shall rejoice to see the vengeance

and bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.h

12Then people will say:

“Truly there is a reward for the just;

there is a God who is judge on earth!”

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