Psalm 58

God Who Judges the Earth

1 Do you indeed speak righteousness, you silent ones?
Do you judge uprightly, you sons of men?
2 No, in heart you work wickedness;
You weigh out the violence of your hands in the earth.

3 a The wicked are estranged from the womb;
They go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.
4 b Their poison is like the poison of a serpent;
They are like the deaf cobra that stops its ear,
5 Which will not c heed the voice of charmers,
Charming ever so skillfully.

6 d Break 1 their teeth in their mouth, O God!
Break out the fangs of the young lions, O LORD!
7 e Let them flow away as waters which run continually;
When he bends his bow,
Let his arrows be as if cut in pieces.
8 Let them be like a snail which melts away as it goes,
f Like a stillborn child of a woman, that they may not see the sun.
9 Before your g pots can feel the burning thorns,
He shall take them away h as with a whirlwind,
As in His living and burning wrath.

10 The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the i vengeance;
j He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked,
11 k So that men will say,
"Surely there is a reward for the righteous;
Surely He is God who l judges in the earth."

  1. Cross References
    Psalms 53:3
    Every one of them has turned aside; They have together become corrupt; There is none who does good, No, not one.
    Isaiah 48:8
    Surely you did not hear, Surely you did not know; Surely from long ago your ear was not opened. For I knew that you would deal very treacherously, And were called a transgressor from the womb.
  2. Cross References
    Ecclesiastes 10:11
    A serpent may bite when it is not charmed; The babbler is no different.
  3. Cross References
    Jeremiah 8:17
    For behold, I will send serpents among you, Vipers which cannot be charmed, And they shall bite you," says the LORD.
  4. Cross References
    Job 4:10
    The roaring of the lion, The voice of the fierce lion, And the teeth of the young lions are broken.
  5. Cross References
    Joshua 2:11
    And as soon as we heard these things, our hearts melted; neither did there remain any more courage in anyone because of you, for the LORD your God, He is God in heaven above and on earth beneath.
    Joshua 7:5
    And the men of Ai struck down about thirty-six men, for they chased them from before the gate as far as Shebarim, and struck them down on the descent; therefore the hearts of the people melted and became like water.
    Psalms 112:10
    The wicked will see it and be grieved; He will gnash his teeth and melt away; The desire of the wicked shall perish.
    Isaiah 13:7
    Therefore all hands will be limp, Every man's heart will melt.
    Ezekiel 21:7
    "And it shall be when they say to you, 'Why are you sighing?' that you shall answer, 'Because of the news; when it comes, every heart will melt, all hands will be feeble, every spirit will faint, and all knees will be weak as water. Behold, it is coming and shall be brought to pass,' says the Lord GOD."
  6. Cross References
    Job 3:16
    Or why was I not hidden like a stillborn child, Like infants who never saw light?
  7. Cross References
    Psalms 118:12
    They surrounded me like bees; They were quenched like a fire of thorns; For in the name of the LORD I will destroy them.
    Ecclesiastes 7:6
    For like the crackling of thorns under a pot, So is the laughter of the fool. This also is vanity.
  8. Cross References
    Job 27:21
    The east wind carries him away, and he is gone; It sweeps him out of his place.
    Proverbs 10:25
    When the whirlwind passes by, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation.
  9. Cross References
    Deuteronomy 32:43
    "Rejoice, O Gentiles, with His people; For He will avenge the blood of His servants, And render vengeance to His adversaries; He will provide atonement for His land and His people."
    Jeremiah 11:20
    But, O LORD of hosts, You who judge righteously, Testing the mind and the heart, Let me see Your vengeance on them, For to You I have revealed my cause.
  10. Cross References
    Psalms 68:23
    That your foot may crush them in blood, And the tongues of your dogs may have their portion from your enemies.
  11. Cross References
    Psalms 92:15
    To declare that the LORD is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
    Proverbs 11:18
    The wicked man does deceptive work, But he who sows righteousness will have a sure reward.
    2 Corinthians 5:10
    For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.
  12. Cross References
    Psalms 50:6
    Let the heavens declare His righteousness, For God Himself is Judge. Selah
    Psalms 75:7
    But God is the Judge: He puts down one, And exalts another.
New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
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