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Psalm 58 :: New International Version (NIV)

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Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 58:1 - [fn]For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam.[fn] Do you rulers indeed speak justly? Do you judge people with equity?
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 58:2 - No, in your heart you devise injustice, and your hands mete out violence on the earth.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 58:3 - Even from birth the wicked go astray; from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 58:4 - Their venom is like the venom of a snake, like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 58:5 - that will not heed the tune of the charmer, however skillful the enchanter may be.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 58:6 - Break the teeth in their mouths, O God; LORD, tear out the fangs of those lions!
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 58:7 - Let them vanish like water that flows away; when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 58:8 - May they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along, like a stillborn child that never sees the sun.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 58:9 - Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns— whether they be green or dry—the wicked will be swept away.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 58:10 - The righteous will be glad when they are avenged, when they dip their feet in the blood of the wicked.
Unchecked Copy BoxPsa 58:11 - Then people will say, “Surely the righteous still are rewarded; surely there is a God who judges the earth.”
NIV Footnotes
In Hebrew texts 58:1-11 is numbered 58:2-12.
Title: Probably a literary or musical term
The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.

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