Psalm 58

A Cry against Injustice

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

1 Do you really speak righteously, you mighty ones? 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.
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.a
8 Like a slug that moves along in slime, like a woman's miscarried [child], they will not see the sun.
9 Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns- whether green or burning- He will sweep them away.
10 The righteous will rejoice when he sees the retribution; 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!"
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