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Psalms 58

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 1 Do you indeed speak righteousness in silence, O mighty ones? Do you judge uprightly, O you sons of men?

 2 No, in your heart you devise wickedness; your hands weigh out violence in the earth.

 3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.

 4 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent; they are like the deaf adder that stops its ear,

 5 Which will not listen to the voice of charmers, even though they charm ever so skillfully.

 6 Break their teeth in their mouth, O God; break out the fangs of the young lions, O LORD.

 7 Let them flow away like waters which run continually; when he bends his bow to shoot, let his arrows be as if split in pieces.

 8 Let every one of them pass away like a snail which melts as it goes, like the stillborn child of a woman that has not seen the sun.

 9 Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns [fuel for the fire], he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both the green and the burning ones.

 10 The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance; he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.

 11 So that a man will say, "Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely he is a God who judges in the earth."


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