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Psalm 58 (Holman Christian Standard)

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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? 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 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 8 Like a slug that moves along in slime, like a woman's miscarried [child], they will not see the sun.e 9 Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns- whether green or burning- He will sweep them away.f 10 The righteous will rejoice when he sees the retribution;g he will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. 11 Then people will say, "Yes, there is a reward for the righteous! There is a God who judges on earth!"h
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