Psalm 58


1   Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation?

            Do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?

2   Yea, in heart ye work wickedness;

ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.

3   The wicked are estranged from the womb:

            they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.

4   Their poison is like the poison of a serpent:

            they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;

5   which will not hearken to the voice of charmers,

            charming never so wisely.

6   Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth:

            break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD.

7   Let them melt away as waters which run continually:

when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows,

let them be as cut in pieces.

8    As a snail which melteth,

            let every one of them pass away:

            like the untimely birth of a woman,

that they may not see the sun.

9    Before your pots can feel the thorns,

            he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.

10  The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance:

            he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.

11  So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous:

            verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.