For the music director; set to[a]Al-tashheth. A [b]Mikhtam of David.
58 Do you indeed [c]speak righteousness, you [d]gods? Do you judge [e]fairly, you sons of mankind? 2 No, in heart you practice injustice; On earth you clear a way for the violence of your hands. 3 The wicked have turned away from the womb; These who speak lies go astray from [f]birth. 4 They have venom like the venom of a serpent; Like a deaf cobra that stops up its ear, 5 So that it does not hear the voice of [g]charmers, Or a skillful caster of spells.
6 God, shatter their teeth in their mouth; Break out the fangs of the young lions, Lord. 7 May they flow away like water that runs off; When he [h]aims his arrows, may they be as [i]headless shafts. 8 May they be like a snail which goes along in slime, Like the miscarriage of a woman that never sees the sun. 9 Before your pots can feel the fire of thorns He will sweep them away with a whirlwind, the [j]green and the burning alike.
10 The righteous will rejoice when he sees vengeance; He will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. 11 And people will say, “There certainly is [k]a reward for the righteous; There certainly is a God who judges on the earth!”
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