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Judge of the Judges

For the Pure and Shining One

King David’s golden song of instruction

To the tune of “Do Not Destroy”

58 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!
    You lie with your words, and your teaching is poison.[a]
Like cobras closing their ears to the most expert of the charmers,
    you strike out against all who are near.
O God, break their fangs;
    shatter the teeth of these ravenous lions!
Let them disappear like water falling on thirsty ground.
    Let all their weapons be useless.
Let them be like snails dissolving into the slime.
    Let them be cut off, never seeing the light of day!
God will sweep them away so fast
    that they’ll never know what hit them.[b]
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!”


  1. 58:3–4 The Hebrew reads “venom of a serpent,” which is a clear metaphor for wrong teaching.
  2. 58:9 The Hebrew here is recognized by nearly every scholar to be one of the most difficult verses in the Psalms to translate.

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