Psalms 58

A Cry against Injustice

1For the choir director: “Do Not Destroy.”
Possibly a tune
A Davidic
Miktam: A musical term of uncertain meaning, possibly denoting a plaintive style

Do you really speak righteously, you mighty ones?
Or Can you really speak righteousness in silence?

Do you judge
people: Literally sons of man or sons of Adam
people fairly? e
2 No, you practice injustice in your hearts;
with your hands you weigh out violence in the land. f

3 The wicked go astray from the womb;
liars err from birth. g
4 They have venom like the venom of a snake,
like the deaf cobra that stops up its ears, h
5 that does not listen to the sound of the charmers
who skillfully weave spells. i

6 God, knock the teeth out of their mouths;
Lord, tear out the young lions’ fangs. j
7 They will vanish like water that flows by;
they will aim their useless arrows.
Or their arrows as if they were circumcised; Hb obscure
Or they wither like trampled grass
8 Like a slug that moves along in slime,
like a woman’s miscarried child,
they will not see the sun. n

9 Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns
whether green or burning
He will sweep them away.
Or thorns, He will sweep it away, whether raw or cooking, or thorns, He will sweep him away alive in fury
10 The righteous one will rejoice
when he sees the retribution; q
he will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. r
11 Then people will say,
“Yes, there is a reward for the righteous!
There is a God who judges on earth!” s
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