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Let them melt away as water which runs on apace; when he aims his arrows, let them be as if they were headless or split apart.

Let them be as a snail dissolving slime as it passes on or as a festering sore which wastes away, like [the child to which] a woman gives untimely birth that has not seen the sun.

Before your pots can feel the thorns [that are placed under them for fuel], He will take them away as with a whirlwind, the green and the burning ones alike.

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Let them vanish like water that flows away;(A)
    when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.(B)
May they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along,(C)
    like a stillborn child(D) that never sees the sun.

Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns(E)
    whether they be green or dry—the wicked will be swept away.[a](F)

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Footnotes

  1. Psalm 58:9 The meaning of the Hebrew for this verse is uncertain.

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