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III

O God, smash the teeth in their mouths;
    break the fangs of these lions, Lord!(A)
Make them vanish like water flowing away;(B)
    trodden down, let them wither like grass.(C)
Let them dissolve like a snail that oozes away,[a]
    like an untimely birth that never sees the sun.(D)

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Footnotes

  1. 58:9 A snail that oozes away: empty shells suggested to ancients that snails melted away as they left a slimy trail.

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