Prayer for the Punishment of the Wicked.
For the choir director; set to Al-tashheth. F538 A Mikhtam F538 of David.
1 Do you indeed speak F539 righteousness, O gods? F540
Do you judge R1715 uprightly, F541 O sons of men?
2 No, in heart you work R1716 unrighteousness;
On earth you weigh R1717 out the violence of your hands.
3 The wicked are estranged from R1718 the womb;
These who speak lies go R1719 astray from birth. F542
4 They have venom like the venom R1720 of a serpent;
Like a deaf cobra that stops up its ear,
5 So that it does R1721 not hear the voice of charmers, R1722 F543
Or a skillful caster of spells.
6 O God, shatter R1723 their teeth in their mouth;
Break out the fangs of the young lions, O LORD.
7 Let them flow R1724 away like water that runs off;
When he aims R1725 F544 his arrows, let them be as headless F545 shafts.
8 Let them be as a snail which melts F546 away as it goes along,
Like the miscarriages R1726 of a woman which never see the sun.
9 Before your pots R1727 can feel the fire of thorns
He will sweep R1728 them away with a whirlwind, the green F547 and the burning alike.
10 The righteous R1729 will rejoice when he sees R1730 the vengeance;
He will wash R1731 his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 And men will say, "Surely there is a reward R1732 F548 for the righteous;
Surely there is a God who judges R1733 on F549 earth!"
F538: Or abides from
F538: Or abides from
F539: Lit are no changes
F540: Lit profaned
F541: Lit mouth
F542: Or what He has given you
F543: Or totter
F544: Or lowest pit
F545: Or The silent dove of those who are far off, or, The dove of the distant terebinths
F546: Possibly Epigrammatic Poem, or Atonement Psalm
F547: 1+@Sam 21:10, 11
F548: Or snapped at
F549: Or A fighting man
R1715: Psalms 82:2
R1716: Malachi 3:15
R1717: Psalms 94:20; Isaiah 10:1
R1718: Psalms 51:5; Isaiah 48:8
R1719: Psalms 53:3
R1720: Deuteronomy 32:33; Psalms 140:3
R1721: Jeremiah 8:17
R1722: Ecclesiastes 10:11
R1723: Job 1:4:10; Psalms 3:7
R1724: Joshua 2:11; 7:5; Psalms 112:10; Isaiah 13:7; Ezekiel 21:7
R1725: Psalms 64:3
R1726: Job 1:3:16; Ecclesiastes 6:3
R1727: Psalms 118:12; Ecclesiastes 7:6
R1728: Job 1:27:21; Psalms 83:15; Proverbs 10:25
R1729: Job 1:22:19; Psalms 32:11; 64:10; 107:42
R1730: Deuteronomy 32:43; Psalms 91:8; Jeremiah 11:20; 20:12
R1731: Psalms 68:23
R1732: Psalms 18:20; 19:11; Isaiah 3:10; Luke 6:23,35
R1733: Psalms 9:8; 67:4; 75:7; 94:2