58 1 He describeth the malice of his enemies, the flatterers of Saul, who both secretly and openly sought his destruction, from whom he appealeth to God’s judgment, 10 Showing that the just shall rejoice, when they see the punishment of the wicked to the glory of God.

To him that excelleth. Destroy not. A Psalm of David on Michtam.

Is it true? O [a]congregation, speak ye justly? O sons of men judge ye uprightly?

Yea, rather ye imagine mischief in your heart: [b]your hands execute cruelty upon the earth.

The wicked [c]are strangers from the womb: even from the belly have they erred, and speak lies.

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 58:1 Ye counselors of Saul, who under pretence of consulting for the common wealth, conspire my death being an innocent.
  2. Psalm 58:2 Ye are not ashamed to execute that cruelty publicly, which ye have imagined in your hearts.
  3. Psalm 58:3 That is, enemies to the people of God even from their birth.

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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