Psalm 58 CSB

A Cry against Injustice

For the choir director: "Do Not Destroy." A Davidic Miktam.

1 Do you really speak righteously, you mighty ones?a Do you judge people fairly?

References for Psalms 58:1

    • b 58:1 - Or Can you really speak righteousness in silence?
      2 No, you practice injustice in your hearts; with your hands you weigh out violence in the land.
      3 The wicked go astray from the womb; liars err from birth.
      4 They have venom like the venom of a snake, like the deaf cobra that stops up its ears,
      5 that does not listen to the sound of the charmers who skillfully weave spells.b

      References for Psalms 58:5

        • c 58:5 - Ec 10:11; Jr 8:17
          6 God, knock the teeth out of their mouths; Lord, tear out the young lions' fangs.
          7 They will vanish like water that flows by; they will aim their useless arrows.c d

          References for Psalms 58:7

            • d 58:7 - Or their arrows as if they were circumcised; Hb obscure
            • e 58:7 - Or they wither like trampled grass
              8 Like a slug that moves along in slime, like a woman's miscarried [child], they will not see the sun.e

              References for Psalms 58:8

                  9 Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns- whether green or burning- He will sweep them away.f

                  References for Psalms 58:9

                    • g 58:9 - Or thorns, He will sweep it away, whether raw or cooking, or thorns, He will sweep him away alive in fury
                      10 The righteous will rejoice when he sees the retribution;g he will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.

                      References for Psalms 58:10

                          11 Then people will say, "Yes, there is a reward for the righteous! There is a God who judges on earth!"h

                          References for Psalms 58:11

                            • i 58:11 - Ps 50:6; 75:7