To the chief Musician, Al–taschith, Michtam of David.
1Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?#Al–taschith…: or, Destroy not#Michtam: or, A golden Psalm
2Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.
3The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.#as soon…: Heb. from the belly
4Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;#like the poison: Heb. according to the likeness, etc.#adder: or, asp
5Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.#charming…: or, be the charmer never so cunning
6Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O Lord.
7Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.
8As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.
9Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.#both…: Heb. as living as wrath
10The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.#a reward…: Heb. fruit of the, etc.