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Psalm 58 Expanded Bible (EXB)

Unfair Judges

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” A miktam [C perhaps “inscription”] of David.

58 Do you ·rulers [or silent ones; or gods; C sometimes spiritual beings such as angels are called “gods” in the OT; 82:1] really say what is ·right [righteous]?
    Do you judge people ·fairly [with integrity]?
No, in your heart you plan evil;
    you ·think up [dispense] ·violent crimes [violence] in the land.
From ·birth [L the womb], evil people ·turn away [go astray] from God;
    they wander off and tell lies ·as soon as they are born [L from the belly; C another word for the womb; 51:5].
They ·are [L have poison/venom] like ·poisonous [venomous] snakes,
    like deaf cobras that ·stop [plug] up their ears
so they cannot hear the music of the snake charmer
    no matter how ·well he plays [wisely/skillfully he enchants].

God, break the teeth in their mouths!
    ·Tear out [Uproot] the fangs of those lions, Lord!
Let them ·disappear [vanish] like water that flows away.
    Let them ·be cut short like a broken arrow [L draw their arrows like they are cut off].
Let them be like ·snails [slugs] that ·melt [dissolve] as they move [C snails leave a slime as they move].
    Let them be like a ·child born dead [stillborn] who never saw the sun.
His anger will blow them away alive
    faster than burning thorns can heat a pot [C likely a reference to quick retribution].
10 ·Good [Righteous] people will be glad when they see ·him get even [vengeance].
    They will wash their feet in the blood of the wicked [Is. 63:1–6; Rev. 14:19–20; 19:13–14].
11 Then people will say,
    “There really are ·rewards [fruits] for ·doing what is right [the righteous].
There really is a God who judges the ·world [earth; land].”

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Psalm 58 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.
Their venom is like the venom of a snake,
    like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,
that will not heed the tune of the charmer,
    however skillful the enchanter may be.

Break the teeth in their mouths, O God;
    Lord, tear out the fangs of those lions!
Let them vanish like water that flows away;
    when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.
May they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along,
    like a stillborn child that never sees the sun.

Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns
    whether they be green or dry—the wicked will be swept away.[c]
10 The righteous will be glad when they are avenged,
    when they dip their feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 Then people will say,
    “Surely the righteous still are rewarded;
    surely there is a God who judges the earth.”


  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
  3. Psalm 58:9 The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.
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