Psalm 58 English Standard Version

A Prayer for the Punishment of the Wicked

58 1  Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods?[1] Do you judge the children of man uprightly? 2  No, in your hearts you devise wrongs; your hands deal out violence on earth. 3  The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth, speaking lies. 4  They have venom like the venom of a serpent, like the deaf adder that stops its ear, 5  so that it does not hear the voice of charmers or of the cunning enchanter.

6  O God, break the teeth in their mouths; tear out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord! 7  Let them vanish like water that runs away; when he aims his arrows, let them be blunted. 8  Let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime, like the stillborn child who never sees the sun. 9  Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of thorns, whether green or ablaze, may he sweep them away![2] 10  The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance; he will bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked. 11  Mankind will say, "Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth."


[1] 58:1 Or mighty lords (by revocalization; Hebrew in silence)

[2] 58:9 The meaning of the Hebrew verse is uncertain

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