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Psalm 58 :: English Standard Version (ESV)

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God Who Judges the Earth

Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 58:1 - To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam[fn] of David.
Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods?[fn]
Do you judge the children of man uprightly?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 58:2 - No, in your hearts you devise wrongs;
your hands deal out violence on earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 58:3 - The wicked are estranged from the womb;
they go astray from birth, speaking lies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 58:4 - They have venom like the venom of a serpent,
like the deaf adder that stops its ear,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 58:5 - so that it does not hear the voice of charmers
or of the cunning enchanter.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 58:6 - O God, break the teeth in their mouths;
tear out the fangs of the young lions, O LORD!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 58:7 - Let them vanish like water that runs away;
when he aims his arrows, let them be blunted.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 58:8 - Let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime,
like the stillborn child who never sees the sun.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 58:9 - Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of thorns,
whether green or ablaze, may he sweep them away![fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 58:10 - The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance;
he will bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 58:11 - Mankind will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous;
surely there is a God who judges on earth.”
ESV Footnotes
Probably a musical or liturgical term
Or you mighty lords (by revocalization; Hebrew in silence)
The meaning of the Hebrew verse is uncertain
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