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Psalm 58:1-3 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

Prayer for the Punishment of the Wicked.

For the choir director; set to [a]Al-tashheth. A [b]Mikhtam of David.

58 Do you indeed [c]speak righteousness, O [d]gods?
Do you judge [e]uprightly, O sons of men?
No, in heart you work unrighteousness;
On earth you weigh out the violence of your hands.
The wicked are estranged from the womb;
These who speak lies go astray from [f]birth.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 58:1 Lit Do Not Destroy
  2. Psalm 58:1 Possibly Epigrammatic Poem or Atonement Psalm
  3. Psalm 58:1 Another reading is speak righteousness in silence
  4. Psalm 58:1 Or mighty ones or judges
  5. Psalm 58:1 Or uprightly the sons of men
  6. Psalm 58:3 Lit the womb
New American Standard Bible (NASB)

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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.

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
New International Version (NIV)

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