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Judgment on the Wicked

For the music director, according to Do not Destroy.

Of David. A miktam.[a]

58 Do you really speak what is right when silent?[b]
Do you judge fairly the children of humankind?[c]
No, in your heart you plan injustices;
in the land[d] you weigh out the violence of your hands.
The wicked are estranged from the womb.
They go astray from the belly, speaking lies.

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  1. Psalm 58:1 The Hebrew Bible counts the superscription as the first verse of the psalm; the English verse number is reduced by one
  2. Psalm 58:1 A slight emendation of the Hebrew text yields “what is right, O gods,” or “O mighty ones”
  3. Psalm 58:1 Or “Do you judge fairly, O sons of humankind?”
  4. Psalm 58:2 Or “on the earth”

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