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85 These arrogant people who hate your instructions
    have dug deep pits to trap me.

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27 Scoundrels create trouble;
    their words are a destructive blaze.

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I did them no wrong, but they laid a trap for me.
    I did them no wrong, but they dug a pit to catch me.

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20 Should they repay evil for good?
    They have dug a pit to kill me,
though I pleaded for them
    and tried to protect them from your anger.

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78 Bring disgrace upon the arrogant people who lied about me;
    meanwhile, I will concentrate on your commandments.

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15 They dig a deep pit to trap others,
    then fall into it themselves.

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22 Let screaming be heard from their homes
    as warriors come suddenly upon them.
For they have dug a pit for me
    and have hidden traps along my path.

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Psalm 58

For the choir director: A psalm[a] of David, to be sung to the tune “Do Not Destroy!”

Justice—do you rulers[b] know the meaning of the word?
    Do you judge the people fairly?
No! You plot injustice in your hearts.
    You spread violence throughout the land.

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Footnotes

  1. 58:Title Hebrew miktam. This may be a literary or musical term.
  2. 58:1 Or you gods.

11 Don’t let the proud trample me
    or the wicked push me around.

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