For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam.

1 abDo you rulers indeed speak justly? Do you judge people with equity?

References for Psalms 58:1

    • ó 58:1 - In Hebrew texts 58:1-11 is numbered 58:2-12.
    • ô 58:1 - Title: Probably a literary or musical term
      2 No, in your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth.
      3 Even from birth the wicked go astray; from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.
      4 Their venom is like the venom of a snake, like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,

      References for Psalms 58:4

      5 that will not heed the tune of the charmer, however skillful the enchanter may be.

      References for Psalms 58:5

      6 Break the teeth in their mouths, O God; LORD, tear out the fangs of those lions!

      References for Psalms 58:6

      7 Let them vanish like water that flows away; when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.
      8 May they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along, like a stillborn child that never sees the sun.

      References for Psalms 58:8

      9 Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns— whether they be green or dry—the wicked will be swept away.c

      References for Psalms 58:9

        • õ 58:9 - The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.
          10 The righteous will be glad when they are avenged, when they dip their feet in the blood of the wicked.
          11 Then people will say, “Surely the righteous still are rewarded; surely there is a God who judges the earth.”

          References for Psalms 58:11