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Prayer for the Punishment of the Wicked.

For the choir director; [set to] Al-tashheth. A Mikhtam of David.

  1 Do you indeed Ispeak righteousness, O IIgods?
  Do you ajudge IIIuprightly, O sons of men?
  2 No, in heart you awork unrighteousness;
  On earth you bweigh out the violence of your hands.
  3 The wicked are estranged afrom the womb;
  These who speak lies bgo astray from Ibirth.
  4 They have venom like the avenom of a serpent;
  Like a deaf cobra that stops up its ear,
  5 So that it adoes not hear the voice of Ibcharmers,
  [Or] a skillful caster of spells.

[1] Lit Do Not Destroy Possibly Epigrammatic Poem or Atonement Psalm IAnother reading is speak righteousness in silence IIOr mighty ones or judges IIIOr uprightly the sons of men aPs 82:2
[2] aMal 3:15 bPs 94:20; Is 10:1
[3] ILit the womb aPs 51:5; Is 48:8 bPs 53:3
[4] aDt 32:33; Ps 140:3
[5] IOr whisperers aJr 8:17 bEc 10:11

  6 ¶ O God, ashatter their teeth in their mouth;
  Break out the fangs of the young lions, O LORD.
  7 Let them aflow away like water that runs off;
  [When] he Ibaims his arrows, let them be as IIheadless shafts.
  8 [Let them be] as a snail which Imelts away as it goes along,
  [Like] the amiscarriages of a woman which never see the sun.
  9 Before your apots can feel [the fire of] thorns
  He will bsweep them away with a whirlwind, the Igreen and the burning alike.

[6] aJb 4:10; Ps 3:7
[7] ILit bends IILit though they were cut off aJsh 2:11; 7:5; Ps 112:10; Is 13:7; Ezk 21:7 bPs 64:3
[8] II.e. secretes slime aJb 3:16; Ec 6:3
[9] ILit living aPs 118:12; Ec 7:6 bJb 27:21; Ps 83:15; Pv 10:25

  10 ¶ The arighteous will rejoice when he bsees the vengeance;
  He will cwash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
  11 And men will say, “Surely there is a Iareward for the righteous;
  Surely there is a God who bjudges IIon earth!”

[10] aJb 22:19; Ps 32:11; 64:10; 107:42 bDt 32:43; Ps 91:8; Jr 11:20; 20:12 cPs 68:23
[11] ILit fruit IIOr in aPs 18:20; 19:11; Is 3:10; Lk 6:23, 35 bPs 9:8; 67:4; 75:7; 94:2


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David reproveth wicked judges,

1 ¶ [[To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David.]] Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men? 2 Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.

[1] Nu 11:16; Dt 1:15; 16:18; 2S 5:3; 23:3; 2Ch 19:6; Ps 72:1; 82:1, 6; Is 11:3; 32:1; Jr 23:5; Mt 26:3; 27:1; Lk 23:50; Ac 5:21.
[2] Ps 21:11; 94:20; Ec 3:16; Is 10:1; 26:7; 59:4; Jr 22:16; Ezk 22:12, 27; Mi 3:1, 9; Jn 11:47.

describeth the nature of the wicked,

3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be 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 will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.

[3] Jb 15:14; Ps 22:10; 51:5; Pv 22:15; Is 46:3; 48:8; Ep 2:3.
[4] Jb 20:14, 16; Ps 140:3; Ec 10:11; Is 11:8; Jr 8:17; Mt 3:7; 23:33; Ro 3:13; Jm 3:8.
[5] Dt 18:11; Is 19:3.

devoteth them to God's judgments,

6 Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD. 7 Let them melt away as waters [which] run continually: [when] he bendeth [his bow to shoot] his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces. 8 As a snail [which] melteth, let [every one of them] pass away: [like] the untimely birth of a woman, [that] they may not see the sun. 9 Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in [his] wrath.

[6] Nu 23:24; Jb 4:10; 29:17; Ps 3:7; 10:15; 17:12; 91:13; Is 31:4; Ezk 30:21; Ho 5:14; Mi 5:8.
[7] Ex 15:15; Jsh 2:9; 7:5; 2S 17:10; Ps 22:14; 64:7; 112:10; Is 13:7.
[8] Jb 3:16; Ps 37:35; Ec 6:3; Mt 24:35; Jm 1:10.
[9] Nu 16:30; Jb 18:18; 20:5; Ps 10:2, 5; 55:23; 73:18; 118:12; Pv 1:27; 10:25; 14:32; Ec 7:6; Is 17:13; 40:24; Jr 23:19.

whereat the righteous shall rejoice.

10 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. 11 So that a man shall say, Verily [there is] a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.

[10] Jg 5:31; Jb 29:6; Ps 52:6; 64:10; 68:1, 23; 107:42; Pv 11:10; Rv 11:17; 14:20; 18:20; 19:1.
[11] Ps 9:16; 33:18; 64:9; 67:4; 73:13; 92:15; 96:13; 98:9; Is 3:10; Mal 2:17; 3:14; Ro 2:5; 6:21; 2P 3:4.


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