58:1 «To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David.» Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O a congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?
(a) You counsellors of Saul, who under pretence
of consulting for the common wealth, conspire my death being an innocent.
58:2 Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the
violence of b your hands in the earth.
(b) You are not ashamed to execute that cruelty
publicly, which you have imagined in your hearts.
58:3 The wicked c
are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking
(c) That is, enemies to the people of God even
from their birth.
58:4 Their poison [is] like the poison of a serpent:
[they are] like the deaf d adder [that]
stoppeth her ear;
(d) They pass in malice and subtilty the crafty
serpent who could preserve himself by stopping his ears from the enchanter.
58:6 Break their e
teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O
(e) Take away all opportunity and means by which
58:7 Let them f
melt away as waters [which] run continually: [when] he bendeth [his bow to
shoot] his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.
(f) Considering God's divine power, he shows
that God in a moment can destroy their force of which they brag.
Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a
whirlwind, both living, and in [his] wrath.
(g) As flesh is taken raw out of the pot before
the water boils: so he desires God to destroy their enterprises before they
bring them to pass.
58:10 The righteous shall h
rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the i
blood of the wicked.
(h) With a pure affection.
(i) Their punishment and slaughter will be so
58:11 So that a man shall say, k
Verily [there is] a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in
(k) Seeing God governs all by his providence, he
must put a difference between the godly and the wicked.