To the Chief Musician. Destroy not. Michtam of David
1 Do ye indeed, O ye congregation! speak righteousness? Uprightly do ye judge? O ye sons of men!
2 Yea rather in your heart wickedness ye plot, On the earth violence your hands weigh out.
3 Estranged are the ungodly from the womb, They have gone astray from their birth speaking falsehood.
4 They have poison like the poison of a serpent, [They are] like the deaf adder which stoppeth her ear;
5 Which listeneth not to the voice of the enchanter, -- Of him who exerciseth enchantment skillfully.
6 O God! break their teeth in their mouth: The jawbones of the lions break, O Jehovah!
7 Let them melt away like water, let them be gone: Let them bend their bow, and let their arrows be as if broken.
8 Like a snail which melteth away let them vanish; Like the untimely birth of a woman which doth not see the sun.
9 Before your pots can feel the fire of the bramble, Like flesh yet raw as a whirlwind he shall carry him away.
10 Rejoice shall the righteous when he seeth the vengeance; His hands he shall wash in the blood of the ungodly.
11 And men shall say, |Truly there is fruit for the righteous, |Truly there is a God who judgeth in the earth.|