Book of Psalms, psalm 58 Psalms, ps 58
To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, Michtam of David.
Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?
Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.
The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.
Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;
Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.
Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD.
Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.
As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.
Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.
The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.
a) 58.1 Al-taschith…: or, Destroy not
b) 58.1 Michtam: or, A golden Psalm
c) 58.3 as soon…: Heb. from the belly
d) 58.4 like the poison: Heb. according to the likeness, etc
e) 58.4 adder: or, asp
f) 58.5 charming…: or, be the charmer never so cunning
g) 58.9 both…: Heb. as living as wrath
h) 58.11 a reward…: Heb. fruit of the, etc