To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, Michtam of David.
1 Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?* Al-taschith…: or, Destroy not† Michtam: or, A golden Psalm
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.‡ as soon…: Heb. from the belly
4 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;§ like the poison: Heb. according to the likeness, etc** adder: or, asp
5 Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.†† charming…: or, be the charmer never so cunning
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.‡‡ both…: Heb. as living as 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.§§ a reward…: Heb. fruit of the, etc
*58.1 Al-taschith…: or, Destroy not
†58.1 Michtam: or, A golden Psalm
‡58.3 as soon…: Heb. from the belly
§58.4 like the poison: Heb. according to the likeness, etc
**58.4 adder: or, asp
††58.5 charming…: or, be the charmer never so cunning
‡‡58.9 both…: Heb. as living as wrath
§§58.11 a reward…: Heb. fruit of the, etc
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