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Psalm 58:1-3 Revised Standard Version (RSV)

Prayer for Vengeance

To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam of David.

58 Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods?[a]
    Do you judge the sons of men uprightly?
Nay, in your hearts you devise wrongs;
    your hands deal out violence on earth.

The wicked go astray from the womb,
    they err from their birth, speaking lies.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 58:1 Or mighty lords
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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
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