Psalm 58:2
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New International Version
No, in your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth.

King James Bible
Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.

Darby Bible Translation
Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh out the violence of your hands in the earth.

World English Bible
No, in your heart you plot injustice. You measure out the violence of your hands in the earth.

Young's Literal Translation
Even in heart ye work iniquities, In the land the violence of your hands ye ponder.

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Yea, in heart ye work wickedness - With their tongues they had spoken maliciously, and given evil counsel. In their hearts they meditated nothing but wickedness. And though in their hands they held the scales of justice, yet in their use of them they were balances of injustice and violence. This is the fact to which the psalmist alludes, and the figure which he uses is that of justice with her scales or balances, which, though it might be the emblem of the court, yet it did not prevail in the practice of these magistrates and counsellors.

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Psalm 21:11 For they intended evil against you: they imagined a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform.

Ecclesiastes 3:16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness...

Isaiah 59:4-6 None calls for justice, nor any pleads for truth: they trust in vanity, and speak lies; they conceive mischief...

Jeremiah 22:16,17 He judged the cause of the poor and needy; then it was well with him: was not this to know me? said the LORD...

Ezekiel 22:12,27 In you have they taken gifts to shed blood; you have taken usury and increase...

Micah 3:1-3,9-12 And I said, Hear, I pray you, O heads of Jacob, and you princes of the house of Israel; Is it not for you to know judgment...

John 11:47-53 Then gathered the chief priests and the Pharisees a council, and said, What do we? for this man does many miracles...


Psalm 94:20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with you, which frames mischief by a law?

Isaiah 10:1 Woe to them that decree unrighteous decrees, and that write grievousness which they have prescribed;

Isaiah 26:7 The way of the just is uprightness: you, most upright, do weigh the path of the just.

Of Internal Acts
Of Internal Acts Acts are distinguished into External and Internal. External acts are those which bear relation to some sensible object, and are either morally good or evil, merely according to the nature of the principle from which they proceed. I intend here to speak only of Internal acts, those energies of the soul, by which it turns internally to some objects, and averts from others. If during my application to God I should form a will to change the nature of my act, I thereby withdraw myself
Madame Guyon—A Short and Easy Method of Prayer

Faith the Sole Saving Act.
JOHN vi. 28, 29.--"Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent." In asking their question, the Jews intended to inquire of Christ what particular things they must do, before all others, in order to please God. The "works of God," as they denominate them, were not any and every duty, but those more special and important acts, by which the creature might secure
William G.T. Shedd—Sermons to the Natural Man

The piety of the Old Testament Church is reflected with more clearness and variety in the Psalter than in any other book of the Old Testament. It constitutes the response of the Church to the divine demands of prophecy, and, in a less degree, of law; or, rather, it expresses those emotions and aspirations of the universal heart which lie deeper than any formal demand. It is the speech of the soul face to face with God. Its words are as simple and unaffected as human words can be, for it is the genius
John Edgar McFadyen—Introduction to the Old Testament

Cross References
Psalm 94:20
Can a corrupt throne be allied with you-- a throne that brings on misery by its decrees?

Isaiah 10:1
Woe to those who make unjust laws, to those who issue oppressive decrees,

Micah 3:9
Hear this, you leaders of Jacob, you rulers of Israel, who despise justice and distort all that is right;

Habakkuk 1:4
Therefore the law is paralyzed, and justice never prevails. The wicked hem in the righteous, so that justice is perverted.

Malachi 3:15
But now we call the arrogant blessed. Certainly evildoers prosper, and even when they put God to the test, they get away with it.'"

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