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Psalm 58

Prayer for Vengeance

To the leader: Do Not Destroy. Of David. A Miktam.

1

Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods?

Do you judge people fairly?

2

No, in your hearts you devise wrongs;

your hands deal out violence on earth.

 

3

The wicked go astray from the womb;

they err from their birth, speaking lies.

4

They have venom like the venom of a serpent,

like the deaf adder that stops its ear,

5

so that it does not hear the voice of charmers

or of the cunning enchanter.

 

6

O God, break the teeth in their mouths;

tear out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord!

7

Let them vanish like water that runs away;

like grass let them be trodden down and wither.

8

Let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime;

like the untimely birth that never sees the sun.

9

Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of thorns,

whether green or ablaze, may he sweep them away!

 

10

The righteous will rejoice when they see vengeance done;

they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.

11

People will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous;

surely there is a God who judges on earth.”


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