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Psalm 58:1-3 Lexham English Bible (LEB)

Judgment on the Wicked

For the music director, according to Do not Destroy.

Of David. A miktam.[a]

58 Do you really speak what is right when silent?[b]
Do you judge fairly the children of humankind?[c]
No, in your heart you plan injustices;
in the land[d] you weigh out the violence of your hands.
The wicked are estranged from the womb.
They go astray from the belly, speaking lies.


  1. Psalm 58:1 The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
  2. Psalm 58:1 A slight emendation of the Hebrew text yields “what is right, O gods,” or “O mighty ones”
  3. Psalm 58:1 Or “Do you judge fairly, O sons of humankind?”
  4. Psalm 58:2 Or “on the earth”
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Psalm 58:1-3 New International Version (NIV)

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?
    Do you judge people with equity?
No, in your heart you devise injustice,
    and your hands mete out violence on the earth.

Even from birth the wicked go astray;
    from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.


  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
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