Psalm 58
Holman Christian Standard Bible  Par ▾ 

A Cry against Injustice

For the choir director: “Do Not Destroy.”a A Davidic Miktam.

1Do you really speak righteously, you mighty ones?b

Do you judge people fairly?c

2No, you practice injustice in your hearts;

with your hands you weigh out violence in the land.d

3The wicked go astray from the womb;

liars err from birth.e

4They have venom like the venom of a snake,

like the deaf cobra that stops up its ears,f

5that does not listen to the sound of the charmers

who skillfully weave spells.g

6God, knock the teeth out of their mouths;

LORD, tear out the young lions’ fangs.h

7They will vanish like water that flows by;

they will aim their useless arrows.i, j, k

8Like a slug that moves along in slime,

like a woman’s miscarried child,

they will not see the sun.l

9Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns —

whether green or burning —

He will sweep them away.m, n

10The righteous one will rejoice

when he sees the retribution;o

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

11Then people will say,

Yes, there is a reward for the righteous!

There is a God who judges on earth! ”q

a. 58:title Possibly a tune
b. 58:1 Or Can you really speak righteousness in silence?
c. 58:1 Ps 82:2
d. 58:2 Ps 94:20; Is 10:1; Mal 3:15
e. 58:3 Ps 51:5; Is 48:8
f. 58:4 Dt 32:33; Ps 140:3
g. 58:5 Ec 10:11; Jr 8:17
h. 58:6 Jb 4:10; 29:17; Ps 3:7
i. 58:7 Or their arrows as if they were circumcised ; Hb obscure
j. 58:7 Or they wither like trampled grass
k. 58:7 Jos 7:5; Ps 112:10; Ezk 21:7
l. 58:8 Jb 3:16; Ec 6:3
m. 58:9 Or thorns, He will sweep it away, whether raw or cooking, or thorns, He will sweep him away alive in fury
n. 58:9 Jb 27:21; Pr 10:25; Ec 7:6
o. 58:10 Jb 22:19
p. 58:10 Ps 68:23; Jr 11:20; 20:12
q. 58:11 Ps 9:8; 67:4; 75:7
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