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   The Book of Psalms.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Book II
 
LVIII
 
Prayer for the Punishment of the Wicked
 
 
For the Chief Musician; set to Al-tashheth. A Psalm of David. Michtam.
 
 
[1]  DO 1 ye indeed in 2 silence speak righteousness?
Do ye judge 3 uprightly, O ye sons of men?
[2]  Nay, in heart ye work wickedness;
Ye weigh out the violence of your hands in the earth.
[3]  The wicked are estranged from the womb:
They go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.
[4]  Their poison is like the poison of a serpent:
They are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear,
[5]  Which hearkeneth not to the voice of charmers, 4
Charming never so wisely.
[6]  Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth:
Break out the great teeth of the young lions, O Jehovah.
[7]  Let them melt away as water that runneth apace:
When he aimeth his arrows, let them be as though they were cut off.
[8]  Let them be as a snail which melteth and passeth away,
Like the untimely birth of a woman, that 5 hath not seen the sun.
[9]  Before your pots can feel the thorns,
He 6 will take them away with a whirlwind, the green and the burning alike.
The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance:
He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked;
[10]  So that men shall say, Verily there is a 7 reward for the righteous:
Verily there is a God that judgeth in the earth.
 
Note 1. Or, Is the righteousness ye should speak dumb? [back]
Note 2. Or, as otherwise read, O ye gods.Or, O ye mighty ones. [back]
Note 3. Or, judge uprightly the sons of men. [back]
Note 4. Or, enchanters. [back]
Note 5. Or, like them that have not seen the sun. [back]
Note 6. Or, Wrath shall take them away while living as with a whirlwind. [back]
Note 7. Heb. fruit. [back]
 

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