Psalm 58

God Who Judges the Earth

To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam of David.

1 Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods?a Do you judge the children of man uprightly?
2 No, in your hearts you devise wrongs; your hands 1deal out violence on earth.
3 The wicked are 2estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth, speaking lies.
4 3They have venom like the venom of a serpent, like the deaf adder that stops its ear,
5 so that it 4does not hear the voice of charmers or of the cunning enchanter.
6 O God, 5break the teeth in their mouths; tear out the fangs of the young lions, O LORD!
7 Let them 6vanish like water that runs away; when he 7aims his arrows, let them be blunted.
8 Let them be like the snail 8that dissolves into slime, like 9the stillborn child who never sees the sun.
9 Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of 10thorns, whether green or ablaze, may he 11sweep them away!b
10 12The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance; he will 13bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 Mankind will say, "Surely there is 14a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who 15judges on earth."
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