Psalm 58 King James Version

A Prayer for the Punishment of the Wicked

58 Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men? 2  Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth. 3  The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies. 4  Their poison is like the poison [1] of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear; 5  Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming [2] never so wisely.

6  Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O Lord. 7  Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces. 8  As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun. 9  Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath. 10  The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. 11  So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward [3] for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.

Footnotes

[1] 58:4 like the poison: Heb. according to the likeness, etc

[2] 58:5 charming...: or, be the charmer never so cunning

[3] 58:11 a reward...: Heb. fruit of the, etc

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