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Psalm 58 Good News Translation (GNT)

A Prayer for God to Punish the Wicked[a]

58 Do you rulers[b] ever give a just decision?
    Do you judge everyone fairly?
No! You think only of the evil you can do,
    and commit crimes of violence in the land.

Evildoers go wrong all their lives;
    they tell lies from the day they are born.
They are full of poison like snakes;
    they stop up their ears like a deaf cobra,
which does not hear the voice of the snake charmer,
    or the chant of the clever magician.

Break the teeth of these fierce lions, O God.
May they disappear like water draining away;
    may they be crushed like weeds on a path.[c]
May they be like snails that dissolve into slime;
    may they be like a baby born dead that never sees the light.
Before they know it, they are cut down like weeds;
    in his fierce anger God will blow them away
    while they are still living.[d]

10 The righteous will be glad when they see sinners punished;
    they will wade through the blood of the wicked.
11 People will say, “The righteous are indeed rewarded;
    there is indeed a God who judges the world.”


  1. Psalm 58:1 HEBREW TITLE: A psalm by David.
  2. Psalm 58:1 rulers; or gods.
  3. Psalm 58:7 Probable text may … path; Hebrew unclear.
  4. Psalm 58:9 Verse 9 in Hebrew is unclear.
Good News Translation (GNT)

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Psalm 58 New International Version (NIV)

Psalm 58[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam.[b]

Do you rulers indeed speak justly?
    Do you judge people with equity?
No, in your heart you devise injustice,
    and your hands mete out violence on the earth.

Even from birth the wicked go astray;
    from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.
Their venom is like the venom of a snake,
    like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,
that will not heed the tune of the charmer,
    however skillful the enchanter may be.

Break the teeth in their mouths, O God;
    Lord, tear out the fangs of those lions!
Let them vanish like water that flows away;
    when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.
May they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along,
    like a stillborn child that never sees the sun.

Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns
    whether they be green or dry—the wicked will be swept away.[c]
10 The righteous will be glad when they are avenged,
    when they dip their feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 Then people will say,
    “Surely the righteous still are rewarded;
    surely there is a God who judges the earth.”


  1. Psalm 58:1 In Hebrew texts 58:1-11 is numbered 58:2-12.
  2. Psalm 58:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term
  3. Psalm 58:9 The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.
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