Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods?a Do you judge the children of man uprightly?
No, in your hearts you devise wrongs; your hands 1deal out violence on earth.
The wicked are 2estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth, speaking lies.
43They have venom like the venom of a serpent, like the deaf adder that stops its ear,
so that it 4does not hear the voice of charmers or of the cunning enchanter.
O God, 5break the teeth in their mouths; tear out the fangs of the young lions, O LORD!
Let them 6vanish like water that runs away; when he 7aims his arrows, let them be blunted.
Let them be like the snail 8that dissolves into slime, like 9the stillborn child who never sees the sun.
Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of 10thorns, whether green or ablaze, may he 11sweep them away!b1012The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance; he will 13bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked.
Mankind will say, "Surely there is 14a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who 15judges on earth."