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.

1 Do you indeed
Another reading is speak righteousness in silence
speak righteousness, O
Or mighty ones or judges
Do you e  judge
Or uprightly the sons of men
uprightly, O sons of men?
2No, in heart you g  work unrighteousness;
On earth you h  weigh out the violence of your hands.
3The wicked are estranged i  from the womb;
These who speak lies j  go astray from
Lit the womb
4They have venom like the l  venom of a serpent;
Like a deaf cobra that stops up its ear,
5So that it m  does not hear the voice of
Or whisperers
o  charmers,
Or a skillful caster of spells.

6O God p  shatter their teeth in their mouth;
Break out the fangs of the young lions, O  Lord.
7Let 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.
8 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.
9Before 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.

10The z  righteous will rejoice when he aa  sees the vengeance;
He will ab  wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11And 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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