Psalm 58
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1For the music director; according to the al-tashcheth style; a prayer of David. Do you rulers really pronounce just decisions? Do you judge people fairly? 1Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods? Do you judge the children of man uprightly?
2No! You plan how to do what is unjust; you deal out violence in the earth. 2No, in your hearts you devise wrongs; your hands deal out violence on earth.
3The wicked turn aside from birth; liars go astray as soon as they are born. 3The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth, speaking lies.
4Their venom is like that of a snake, like a deaf serpent that does not hear, 4They have venom like the venom of a serpent, like the deaf adder that stops its ear,
5that does not respond to the magicians, or to a skilled snake-charmer. 5so that it does not hear the voice of charmers or of the cunning enchanter.
6O God, break the teeth in their mouths! Smash the jawbones of the lions, O LORD! 6O God, break the teeth in their mouths; tear out the fangs of the young lions, O LORD!
7Let them disappear like water that flows away! Let them wither like grass! 7Let them vanish like water that runs away; when he aims his arrows, let them be blunted.
8Let them be like a snail that melts away as it moves along! Let them be like stillborn babies that never see the sun! 8Let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime, like the stillborn child who never sees the sun.
9Before the kindling is even placed under your pots, he will sweep it away along with both the raw and cooked meat. 9Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of thorns, whether green or ablaze, may he sweep them away!
10The godly will rejoice when they see vengeance carried out; they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked. 10The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance; he will bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11Then observers will say, "Yes indeed, the godly are rewarded! Yes indeed, there is a God who judges in the earth!" 11Mankind will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth.”
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