Psalms 58

Psalms 58

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1 For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be sung to the tune <169>Do Not Destroy!<170> Justice--do you rulers know the meaning of the word? Do you judge the people fairly?

2 No, all your dealings are crooked; you hand out violence instead of justice.

3 These wicked people are born sinners; even from birth they have lied and gone their own way.

4 They spit poison like deadly snakes; they are like cobras that refuse to listen,

5 ignoring the tunes of the snake charmers, no matter how skillfully they play.

6 Break off their fangs, O God! Smash the jaws of these lions, O LORD!

7 May they disappear like water into thirsty ground. Make their weapons useless in their hands.*1

8 May they be like snails that dissolve into slime, like a stillborn child who will never see the sun.

9 God will sweep them away, both young and old, faster than a pot heats on an open flame.

10 The godly will rejoice when they see injustice avenged. They will wash their feet in the blood of the wicked.

11 Then at last everyone will say, "There truly is a reward for those who live for God; surely there is a God who judges justly here on earth."

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1: Or Let them be trodden down and wither like grass. The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain.

New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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