Psalm 58Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
A Cry against Injustice
For the choir director: “Do Not Destroy.” A Davidic Miktam.
1 Do you really speak righteously, you mighty ones?
Do you judge people fairly?
2 No, you practice injustice in your hearts;
with your hands you weigh out violence in the land.
3 The wicked go astray from the womb;
liars err from birth.
4 They have venom like the venom of a snake,
like the deaf cobra that stops up its ears,
5 that does not listen to the sound of the charmers
who skillfully weave spells.
6 God, knock the teeth out of their mouths;
Lord, tear out the young lions’ fangs.
7 They will vanish like water that flows by;
they will aim their useless arrows.
8 Like a slug that moves along in slime,
like a woman’s miscarried child,
they will not see the sun.
9 Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns—
whether green or burning—
He will sweep them away.
10 The righteous one will rejoice
when he sees the retribution;
he will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 Then people will say,
“Yes, there is a reward for the righteous!
There is a God who judges on earth!”