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A Prayer for God to Punish the Wicked[a]

58 Do you rulers[b] ever give a just decision?
    Do you judge everyone fairly?
No! You think only of the evil you can do,
    and commit crimes of violence in the land.

Evildoers go wrong all their lives;
    they tell lies from the day they are born.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 58:1 HEBREW TITLE: A psalm by David.
  2. Psalm 58:1 rulers; or gods.

Psalm 58[a]

For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam.[b]

Do you rulers indeed speak justly?(A)
    Do you judge people with equity?
No, in your heart you devise injustice,(B)
    and your hands mete out violence on the earth.(C)

Even from birth the wicked go astray;
    from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 58:1 In Hebrew texts 58:1-11 is numbered 58:2-12.
  2. Psalm 58:1 Title: Probably a literary or musical term

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