To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam of David.
Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods?
Do you judge the children of man uprightly?
No, in your hearts you devise wrongs;
your hands j deal out violence on earth.
The wicked are k estranged from the womb;
they go astray from birth, speaking lies.
l They have venom like the venom of a serpent,
like the deaf adder that stops its ear,
so that it m does not hear the voice of charmers
or of the cunning enchanter.
O God, n break the teeth in their mouths;
tear out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord!
Let them o vanish like water that runs away;
when he p aims his arrows, let them be blunted.
Let them be like the snail o that dissolves into slime,
like q the stillborn child who never sees the sun.
Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of r thorns,
whether green or ablaze, may he s sweep them away!
t The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance;
he will u bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked.
Mankind will say, "Surely there is v a reward for the righteous;
surely there is a God who w judges on earth."
English Standard Version (ESV) The Holy Bible, English Standard Version Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers.
Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by.
Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
Can wicked rulers be allied with you, those who frame injustice by statute?
Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me.
You have never heard, you have never known, from of old your ear has not been opened. For I knew that you would surely deal treacherously, and that from before birth you were called a rebel.
They make their tongue sharp as a serpent's, and under their lips is the venom of asps. Selah
Their wine is the poison of serpents and the cruel venom of asps.
For behold, I am sending among you serpents, adders that cannot be charmed, and they shall bite you," declares the Lord.
Arise, O Lord! Save me, O my God! For you strike all my enemies on the cheek; you break the teeth of the wicked.
The roar of the lion, the voice of the fierce lion, the teeth of the young lions are broken.
I broke the fangs of the unrighteous and made him drop his prey from his teeth.
The wicked man sees it and is angry; he gnashes his teeth and melts away; the desire of the wicked will perish!
And the men of Ai killed about thirty-six of their men and chased them before the gate as far as Shebarim and struck them at the descent. And the hearts of the people melted and became as water.
Who whet their tongues like swords, who aim bitter words like arrows.
Let them vanish like water that runs away; when he aims his arrows, let them be blunted.
Or why was I not as a hidden stillborn child, as infants who never see the light?
They surrounded me like bees; they went out like a fire among thorns; in the name of the Lord I cut them off!
For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fools; this also is vanity.
The east wind lifts him up and he is gone; it sweeps him out of his place.
When the tempest passes, the wicked is no more, but the righteous is established forever.
"Rejoice with him, O heavens; bow down to him, all gods, for he avenges the blood of his children and takes vengeance on his adversaries. He repays those who hate him and cleanses his people's land."
The righteous see it and are glad; the innocent one mocks at them.
That you may strike your feet in their blood, that the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from the foe.
Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them, for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah
Rise up, O judge of the earth; repay to the proud what they deserve!
Far be it from you to do such a thing, to put the righteous to death with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from you! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do what is just?
Be afraid of the sword, for wrath brings the punishment of the sword, that you may know there is a judgment.
For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.