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A Prayer for the Punishment of the Wicked
To the chief Musician, Altas´chith, Michtam of David.
1Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation?
Do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?
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.
4Their poison is like the poison of a serpent:
they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;
5which will not hearken to the voice of charmers,
charming never so wisely.
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.
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.
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