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Psalm 58 :: Christian Standard Bible (CSB)

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A Cry against Injustice

For the choir director: “Do Not Destroy.” A Miktam of David.

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Do you really speak righteously, you mighty ones?[fn]

Do you judge people fairly?

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No, you practice injustice in your hearts;

with your hands you weigh out violence in the land.

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The wicked go astray from the womb;

liars wander about from birth.

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They have venom like the venom of a snake,

like the deaf cobra that stops up its ears,

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that does not listen to the sound of the charmers

who skillfully weave spells.

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God, knock the teeth out of their mouths;

LORD, tear out the young lions’ fangs.

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May they vanish like water that flows by;

may they aim their blunted arrows.[fn]

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Like a slug that moves along in slime,

like a woman’s miscarried child,

may they not see the sun.

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Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns —

whether green or burning —

he will sweep them away.[fn]

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The righteous one will rejoice

when he sees the retribution;

he will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.

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Then people will say,

“Yes, there is a reward for the righteous!

There is a God who judges on earth! ”

CSB Footnotes
Or Can you really speak righteousness in silence?
Hb obscure
Or thorns, he will sweep it away, whether raw or cooking

Christian Standard Bible®, Copyright © 2017, 2020 by Holman Bible Publishers.

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For more information on this translation, see the CSB Preface.

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