Psalm 58 Bible in Basic English

A Prayer for the Punishment of the Wicked

58 1  Is there righteousness in your mouths, O you gods? are you upright judges, O you sons of men? 2  The purposes of your hearts are evil; your hands are full of cruel doings on the earth. 3  The evil-doers are strange from the first; from the hour of their birth they go out of the true way, saying false words. 4  Their poison is like the poison of a snake; they are like the adder, whose ears are shut; 5  Who will not be moved by the voice of the wonder-worker, however great are his powers.

6  O God, let their teeth be broken in their mouths; let the great teeth of the young lions be pulled out, O Lord. 7  Let them be turned to liquid like the ever-flowing waters; let them be cut off like the grass by the way. 8  Let them be like an after-birth which is turned to water and comes to an end; like the fruit of a woman who gives birth before her time, let them not see the sun. 9  Before they are conscious of it, let them be cut down like thorns; let a strong wind take them away like waste growth. 10  The upright man will be glad when he sees their punishment; his feet will be washed in the blood of the evil-doer. 11  So that men will say, Truly there is a reward for righteousness; truly there is a God who is judge on the earth.

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