Psalms 58
Psalm 58
A Cry against Injustice
For the choir director: “Do Not Destroy.” A Miktam of David.
1Do you really speak righteously, you mighty ones?#58:1 Or Can you really speak righteousness in silence?
Do you judge people fairly?#Ps 82:2
2No, you practice injustice in your hearts;
with your hands you weigh out violence in the land.#Ps 94:20; Is 10:1; Mal 3:15
3The wicked go astray from the womb;
liars wander about from birth.#Ps 51:5; Is 48:8
4They have venom like the venom of a snake,
like the deaf cobra that stops up its ears,#Dt 32:33; Ps 140:3
5that does not listen to the sound of the charmers
who skillfully weave spells.#Ec 10:11; Jr 8:17
6God, knock the teeth out of their mouths;
Lord, tear out the young lions’ fangs.#Jb 4:10; 29:17; Ps 3:7
7May they vanish like water that flows by;
may they aim their blunted arrows.#58:7 Hb obscure#Jos 7:5; Ps 112:10; Ezk 21:7
8Like a slug that moves along in slime,
like a woman’s miscarried child,
may they not see the sun.#Jb 3:16; Ec 6:3
9Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns —
whether green or burning —
he will sweep them away.#58:9 Or thorns, he will sweep it away, whether raw or cooking#Jb 27:21; Pr 10:25; Ec 7:6
10The righteous one will rejoice
when he sees the retribution;#Jb 22:19
he will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.#Ps 68:23; Jr 11:20; 20:12
11Then people will say,
“Yes, there is a reward for the righteous!
There is a God who judges on earth!” #Ps 9:8; 67:4; 75:7

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