To the Chief Musician; set to [the tune of] “Do Not Destroy.” A Mikhtam of David. [A record of memorable thoughts of David].
58 Do you indeed speak righteousness, O gods (heavenly beings)? Do you judge fairly, O sons of men? 2 No, in your heart you devise wrongdoing; On earth you deal out the violence of your hands. 3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; These go astray from birth, speaking lies [even twisted partial truths]. 4 Their poison is like the venom of a serpent; They are like the deaf horned viper that stops up its ear, 5 So that it does not listen to the voice of charmers, Or of the skillful enchanter casting [cunning] spells.
6 O God, break their teeth in their mouth; Break out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord. 7 Let them flow away like water that runs off; When he aims his arrows, let them be as headless shafts. 8 Let them be as a snail which melts away (secretes slime) as it goes along, Like the miscarriage of a woman which never sees the sun. 9 Before your cooking pots can feel the fire of thorns [burning under them as fuel], He will sweep them away with a whirlwind, the green and the burning ones alike.
10 The [unyieldingly] righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance [of God]; He will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. 11 Men will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous; Surely there is a God who judges on the earth.”
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