Psalm 58 The Passion Translation (TPT)
Judge of the Judges
58 For the Pure and Shining One
King David’s golden song of instruction
To the tune of “Do Not Destroy”
1–2 God’s justice? You high and mighty politicians
know nothing about it!
Which one of you has walked in justice toward others?
Which one of you has treated everyone right and fair?
Not one! You only give “justice” in exchange for a bribe.
For the right price you let others get away with murder.
3–4 Wicked wanderers even from the womb, that’s who you are!
Lying with your words, your teaching is poison.
5 Like cobras closing their ears to the most expert of the charmers,
you strike out against all who are near.
6 O God, break their fangs;
shatter the teeth of these ravenous lions!
7 Let them disappear like water falling on thirsty ground.
Let all their weapons be useless.
8 Let them be like snails dissolving into the slime.
Let them be cut off, never seeing the light of day!
9 God will sweep them away so fast
that they’ll never know what hit them.
10 The godly will celebrate in the triumph of good over evil.
And the lovers of God will trample
the wickedness of the wicked under their feet!
11 Then everyone will say, “There is a God who judges the judges”
and “There is a great reward in loving God!”
Psalm 58 New International Version (NIV)
For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam.
1 Do you rulers indeed speak justly?
Do you judge people with equity?
2 No, in your heart you devise injustice,
and your hands mete out violence on the earth.
3 Even from birth the wicked go astray;
from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.
4 Their venom is like the venom of a snake,
like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,
5 that will not heed the tune of the charmer,
however skillful the enchanter may be.
6 Break the teeth in their mouths, O God;
Lord, tear out the fangs of those lions!
7 Let them vanish like water that flows away;
when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.
8 May they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along,
like a stillborn child that never sees the sun.
9 Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns—
whether they be green or dry—the wicked will be swept away.
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.”
New International Version (NIV)
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