(A)Hear this, you heads of the house of Jacob
    and rulers of the house of Israel,
(B)who detest justice
    and make crooked all that is straight,

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23 Your princes are rebels
    and companions of thieves.
Everyone (A)loves a bribe
    and runs after gifts.
(B)They do not bring justice to the fatherless,
    and the widow's cause does not come to them.

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God Who Judges the Earth

To the choirmaster: according to (A)Do Not Destroy. A (B)Miktam[a] of David.

58 Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods?[b]
    Do you judge the children of man uprightly?
No, in your hearts you devise wrongs;
    your hands (C)deal out violence on earth.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 58:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  2. Psalm 58:1 Or you mighty lords (by revocalization; Hebrew in silence)

15 He who (A)justifies the wicked and he who (B)condemns the righteous
    are both alike an abomination to the Lord.

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19 (A)“‘Cursed be anyone who perverts the justice due to the sojourner, the fatherless, and the widow.’ And all the people shall say, ‘Amen.’

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Rulers and Prophets Denounced

And I said:
(A)Hear, you heads of Jacob
    and rulers of the house of Israel!
(B)Is it not for you to know justice?—

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Punishment Coming for Israel and Judah

(A)Hear this, O priests!
    Pay attention, O house of Israel!
Give ear, O house of the king!
    For the judgment is for you;
for (B)you have been a snare at Mizpah
    and a net spread upon (C)Tabor.

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28     (A)they have grown fat and sleek.
They know no bounds in deeds of evil;
    (B)they judge not with justice
the cause of the fatherless, to make it prosper,
    and they do not defend the rights of the needy.

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15 if you spurn my statutes, and if your soul abhors my rules, so that you will not do all my commandments, but (A)break my covenant,

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16 Go and (A)gather the elders of Israel together and say to them, ‘The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has appeared to me, saying, (B)“I have observed you and what has been done to you in Egypt,

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