85 The arrogant(A) dig pits(B) to trap me,
    contrary to your law.

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27 A scoundrel(A) plots evil,
    and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.(B)

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Since they hid their net(A) for me without cause(B)
    and without cause dug a pit(C) for me,

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20 Should good be repaid with evil?(A)
    Yet they have dug a pit(B) for me.
Remember that I stood(C) before you
    and spoke in their behalf(D)
    to turn your wrath away from them.

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78 May the arrogant(A) be put to shame for wronging me without cause;(B)
    but I will meditate on your precepts.

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15 Whoever digs a hole and scoops it out
    falls into the pit(A) they have made.(B)

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22 Let a cry(A) be heard from their houses
    when you suddenly bring invaders against them,
for they have dug a pit(B) to capture me
    and have hidden snares(C) for my feet.

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Psalm 58[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam.[b]

Do you rulers indeed speak justly?(A)
    Do you judge people with equity?
No, in your heart you devise injustice,(B)
    and your hands mete out violence on the earth.(C)

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 58:1 In Hebrew texts 58:1-11 is numbered 58:2-12.
  2. Psalm 58:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term

11 May the foot of the proud not come against me,
    nor the hand of the wicked(A) drive me away.

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