To the Director: A special Davidic psalm[a] to the tune of[b] “Do Not Destroy”.
A Prayer for Justice
58 How is it that by remaining silent you can speak righteously? How can you judge people fairly? 2 As a matter of fact, in your heart you plan iniquities! In the land your hands are violent!
3 The wicked go astray from the womb; they go astray, telling lies even from birth. 4 Their venom is like a poisonous snake; even like a deaf serpent that shuts its ears, 5 refusing to hear the voice of the snake charmer, the cunning enchanter.
6 God, shatter their teeth in their mouths; Lord, break the fangs of the young lions! 7 May they flow away like rain water that runs off, may they become like someone who shoots broken arrows. 8 May they be like a snail that dries up as it crawls; like a woman’s stillborn baby, who never saw the sun. 9 Before your clay pots are placed on a fire of burning[c] thorns— whether green or ablaze— wrath will sweep them away like a storm.
10 The righteous person will rejoice when he sees your[d] vengeance; when he washes his feet in the blood of the wicked. 11 A person will say, “Certainly, the righteous are rewarded; certainly there is a God who judges the earth.”
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