(A special psalm by David for the music leader. To the tune “Don’t Destroy.”[a])
A Prayer When All Goes Wrong
58 Do you mighty people[b] talk only to oppose justice?[c] Don’t you ever judge fairly? 2 You are always planning evil, and you are brutal. 3 You have done wrong and lied from the day you were born. 4 Your words spread poison like the bite of a cobra 5 that refuses to listen to the snake charmer.
6 My enemies are fierce as lions, Lord God! Shatter their teeth. Snatch out their fangs. 7 Make them disappear like leaking water, and make their arrows miss. 8 Let them dry up like snails or be like a child that dies before seeing the sun. 9 Wipe them out quicker than a pot can be heated by setting thorns on fire.[d]
10 Good people will be glad when they see the wicked getting what they deserve, and they will wash their feet in their enemies' blood. 11 Everyone will say, “It’s true! Good people are rewarded. God does rule the earth with justice.”
Psalm 57; 58Don’t Destroy: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
58.1mighty people: Or “mighty rulers” or “mighty gods.”
58.1Do. . . justice: One possible meaning for the difficult Hebrew text.
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