Psalms 58

God Who Judges the Earth

To the choirmaster: according to a  Do Not Destroy. A b  Miktam
Probably a musical or liturgical term
of David.

1 Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods?
Or  you mighty lords (by revocalization; Hebrew in silence)

Do you judge the children of man uprightly?
2No, in your hearts you devise wrongs;
your hands e  deal out violence on earth.
3 The wicked are f  estranged from the womb;
they go astray from birth, speaking lies.
4 g  They have venom like the venom of a serpent,
like the deaf adder that stops its ear,
5so that it h  does not hear the voice of charmers
or of the cunning enchanter.
6 O God, i  break the teeth in their mouths;
tear out the fangs of the young lions, O  Lord!
7Let them j  vanish like water that runs away;
when he k  aims his arrows, let them be blunted.
8Let them be like the snail l  that dissolves into slime,
like m  the stillborn child who never sees the sun.
9Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of n  thorns,
whether green or ablaze, may he o  sweep them away!
The meaning of the Hebrew verse is uncertain

10 q  The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance;
he will r  bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11Mankind will say, “Surely there is s  a reward for the righteous;
surely there is a God who t  judges on earth.”
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