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Psalm 58

For the choir director; al tashcheth; a miktam by David.

Do you rulers really give fair verdicts?
    Do you judge Adam’s descendants fairly?
No, you invent new crimes on earth,
    and your hands spread violence.

Even inside the womb wicked people are strangers to God.
    From their birth liars go astray.
They have poisonous venom like snakes.
    They are like a deaf cobra that shuts its ears
        so that it cannot hear the voice of a snake charmer
            or of anyone trained to cast spells.

O Elohim, knock the teeth out of their mouths.
    Break the young lions’ teeth, O Yahweh.
Let them disappear like water that drains away.
    When they aim their bows, let their arrows miss the target.[a]
Let them become like a snail that leaves behind a slimy trail
    or like a stillborn child who never sees the sun.
Let God sweep them away
    faster than a cooking pot is heated by burning twigs.[b]

10 Righteous people will rejoice when they see God take revenge.
    They will wash their feet in the blood of wicked people.
11 Then people will say,
    “Righteous people certainly have a reward.
    There is an Elohim who judges on earth.”


  1. Psalm 58:7 Hebrew meaning of this sentence uncertain.
  2. Psalm 58:9 Hebrew meaning uncertain.