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85 The arrogant have dug pitfalls for me;
    they flout your law.

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27 Scoundrels concoct evil,
    and their speech is like a scorching fire.

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For without cause they hid their net[a] for me;
    without cause they dug a pit[b] for my life.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 35:7 Heb a pit, their net
  2. Psalm 35:7 The word pit is transposed from the preceding line

20 Is evil a recompense for good?
    Yet they have dug a pit for my life.
Remember how I stood before you
    to speak good for them,
    to turn away your wrath from them.

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78 Let the arrogant be put to shame,
    because they have subverted me with guile;
    as for me, I will meditate on your precepts.

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15 They make a pit, digging it out,
    and fall into the hole that they have made.

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22 May a cry be heard from their houses,
    when you bring the marauder suddenly upon them!
For they have dug a pit to catch me,
    and laid snares for my feet.

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Psalm 58

Prayer for Vengeance

To the leader: Do Not Destroy. Of David. A Miktam.

Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods?[a]
    Do you judge people fairly?
No, in your hearts you devise wrongs;
    your hands deal out violence on earth.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 58:1 Or mighty lords

11 Do not let the foot of the arrogant tread on me,
    or the hand of the wicked drive me away.

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