Prayer for the Punishment of the Wicked.

1 Do you indeed speak righteousness, O gods? Do you 1judge uprightly, O sons of men?

References for Psalms 58:1

    • a 58:1 - Another reading is "speak righteousness in silence"
    • b 58:1 - Or "mighty ones" or "judges"
    • c 58:1 - Or "uprightly the sons of men"
      2 No, in heart you 2work unrighteousness; On earth you 3weigh out the violence of your hands.

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      3 The wicked are estranged 4from the womb; These who speak lies 5go astray from birth.

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      4 They have venom like the 6venom of a serpent; Like a deaf cobra that stops up its ear,

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      5 So that it 7does not hear the voice of 8charmers, Or a skillful caster of spells.

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      6 O God, 9shatter their teeth in their mouth; Break out the fangs of the young lions, O LORD.

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      7 Let them 10flow away like water that runs off; When he 11aims his arrows, let them be as headless shafts.

      References for Psalms 58:7

        • f 58:7 - Lit "bends"
        • g 58:7 - Lit "though they were cut off"
          8 Let them be as a snail which melts away as it goes along, Like the 12miscarriages of a woman which never see the sun.

          References for Psalms 58:8

            • h 58:8 - I.e. secretes slime
              9 Before your 13pots can feel the fire of thorns He will 14sweep them away with a whirlwind, the green and the burning alike.

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              11 And men will say, "Surely there is a 18reward for the righteous; Surely there is a God who 19judges on earth!"

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