Psalm 58

English Standard Version

To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam[1] of David. Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods?[2] Do you judge the children of man uprightly? (Ps 16:1; Ps 57:1) No, in your hearts you devise wrongs; your hands deal out violence on earth. (Ps 94:20) The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray from birth, speaking lies. (Ps 51:5; Isa 48:8) They have venom like the venom of a serpent, like the deaf adder that stops its ear, (De 32:33; Ps 140:3) so that it does not hear the voice of charmers or of the cunning enchanter. (Jer 8:17) O God, break the teeth in their mouths; tear out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord! (Job 4:10; Job 29:17; Ps 3:7) Let them vanish like water that runs away; when he aims his arrows, let them be blunted. (Jos 7:5; Ps 64:3; Ps 112:10) Let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime, like the stillborn child who never sees the sun. (Job 3:16; Ps 58:7) Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of thorns, whether green or ablaze, may he sweep them away![3] (Job 27:21; Ps 118:12; Pr 10:25; Ec 7:6) 10 The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance; he will bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked. (De 32:43; Job 22:19; Ps 68:23) 11 Mankind will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth.” (Ge 18:25; Job 19:29; Ps 67:4; Ps 94:2; Ec 12:14; Isa 3:10)