Psalm 58 New King James Version

A Prayer for the Punishment of the Wicked

58 1  To the Chief Musician. Set to 'Do Not Destroy.' A Michtam of David. Do you indeed speak righteousness, you silent ones? Do you judge uprightly, you sons of men? 2  No, in heart you work wickedness; You weigh out the violence of your hands in the earth. 3  The wicked are estranged from the womb; They go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies. 4  Their poison is like the poison of a serpent; They are like the deaf cobra that stops its ear, 5  Which will not heed the voice of charmers, Charming ever so skillfully.

6  Break their teeth in their mouth, O God! Break out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord! 7  Let them flow away as waters which run continually; When he bends his bow, Let his arrows be as if cut in pieces. 8  Let them be like a snail which melts away as it goes, Like a stillborn child of a woman, that they may not see the sun. 9  Before your pots can feel the burning thorns, He shall take them away as with a whirlwind, As in His living and burning wrath. 10  The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance; He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked, 11  So that men will say, "Surely there is a reward for the righteous; Surely He is God who judges in the earth."

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