Psalms 58

Prayer for the Punishment of the Wicked.

For the choir director; set to
Lit Do Not Destroy
Al-tashheth. A
Possibly Epigrammatic Poem or Atonement Psalm
Mikhtam of David.

Do you indeed
Another reading is speak righteousness in silence
speak righteousness, O
Or mighty ones or judges
gods?
Do you e judge
Or uprightly the sons of men
uprightly, O sons of men?
No, in heart you g work unrighteousness;
On earth you h weigh out the violence of your hands.
The wicked are estranged i from the womb;
These who speak lies j go astray from
Lit the womb
birth.
They have venom like the l venom of a serpent;
Like a deaf cobra that stops up its ear,
So that it m does not hear the voice of
Or whisperers
,
o charmers,
Or a skillful caster of spells.

O God p shatter their teeth in their mouth;
Break out the fangs of the young lions, O  Lord.
Let them q flow away like water that runs off;
When he
Lit bends
,
s aims his arrows, let them be as
Lit though they were cut off
headless shafts.
Let them be as a snail which
I.e. secretes slime
melts away as it goes along,
Like the v miscarriages of a woman which never see the sun.
Before your w pots can feel the fire of thorns
He will x sweep them away with a whirlwind, the
Lit living
green and the burning alike.

10 The z righteous will rejoice when he aa sees the vengeance;
He will ab wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 And men will say, “Surely there is a
Lit fruit
,
ad reward for the righteous;
Surely there is a God who ae judges
Or in
on earth!”

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