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Psalm 58

Si vere utique

Are your minds set upon righteousness, O ye congregation? and do ye judge the thing that is right, O ye sons of men? Yea, ye imagine mischief in your heart upon the earth, and your hands deal with wickedness.

The ungodly are froward, even from their mother’s womb; as soon as they are born, they go astray, and speak lies.They are as venomous as the poison of a serpent, even like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ears, which refuseth to hear the voice of the charmer, charm he never so wisely.

Break their teeth, O God, in their mouths; smite the jawbones of the lions, O Lord. Let them fall away like water that runneth apace; and when they shoot their arrows, let them be rooted out. Let them consume away like a snail, and be like the untimely fruit of a woman; and let them not see the sun. Or ever your pots be made hot with thorns, so let indignation vex him, even as a thing that is raw.

The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance; he shall wash his footsteps in the blood of the ungodly. So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous; doubtless there is a God that judgeth the earth.

The coverdale translation edited by W.S. Peterson and Valerie Macys — used with permission.