For the worship leader. A prayer[a] of David to the tune “Do Not Destroy.”[b]
1 Can you, panel of judges, get anything right? When you judge people, do you tell the truth and pursue justice? 2 No, your real selves have been revealed. You have wickedness in your heart, and many people have suffered by your hands.
3 Evildoers are naturally offensive, wayward at birth! They were born telling lies and willfully wandering from the truth. 4 Their bite is painful; their venom is like the deadly poison of a snake; they are like a cobra that closes up its ears 5 To escape the voice of the charmers, no matter how enchanting the spells may be.
6 O God, shatter their teeth in their mouths! Render the young lions harmless; break out their fangs, O Eternal One. 7 Let them run off like the waters of a flood, and though they aim their arrows, let them fly without their heads. 8 Let them melt like a snail that oozes along; may they be like a stillborn that never catches its first breath, never sees the sun. 9 Before your cook pots know the furious flame of a fire of thorns— whether green or burning—He will blow the wicked away.
10 Cheers will rise as the right-living watch Him settle the score, their feet washed in the blood after the onslaught of the wicked. 11 And it will be heard, “Those who seek justice will be rewarded. Indeed, there is a God who brings justice to the earth!”
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