The Message

Psalm 58

A David Psalm

11-2 Is this any way to run a country?
    Is there an honest politician in the house?
Behind the scenes you brew cauldrons of evil,
    behind closed doors you make deals with demons.

3-5 The wicked crawl from the wrong side of the cradle;
    their first words out of the womb are lies.
Poison, lethal rattlesnake poison,
    drips from their forked tongues—
Deaf to threats, deaf to charm,
    decades of wax built up in their ears.

6-9 God, smash their teeth to bits,
    leave them toothless tigers.
Let their lives be buckets of water spilled,
    all that’s left, a damp stain in the sand.
Let them be trampled grass
    worn smooth by the traffic.
Let them dissolve into snail slime,
    be a miscarried fetus that never sees sunlight.
Before what they cook up is half-done, God,
    throw it out with the garbage!

10-11 The righteous will call up their friends
    when they see the wicked get their reward,
Serve up their blood in goblets
    as they toast one another,
Everyone cheering, “It’s worth it to play by the rules!
    God’s handing out trophies and tending the earth!”

New International Reader's Version

Psalm 58

Psalm 58

For the director of music. A miktam of David to the tune of “Do Not Destroy.”

Are you rulers really fair when you speak?
    Do you judge people honestly?
No, in your hearts you plan to be unfair.
    With your hands you do terrible things on the earth.
Even from birth those who are evil go down the wrong path.
    From the day they are born they go the wrong way and spread lies.
Their words are like the poison of a snake.
    They are like the poison of a cobra that has covered up its ears.
It won’t listen to a snake charmer’s tune,
    even if the charmer plays very well.

God, break the teeth in the mouths of those sinners!
    Lord, tear out the sharp teeth of those lions!
Let those people disappear like water that flows away.
    When they draw their bows, let their arrows fall short of the target.
Let them be like a slug that melts away as it moves along.
    Let them be like a baby that is born dead and never sees the sun.

Evil people will be swept away before burning thorns can heat a pot.
    And it doesn’t matter if the thorns are green or dry.
10 Godly people will be glad when those who have hurt them are paid back.
    They will dip their feet in the blood of those who do evil.
11 Then people will say,
    “The godly will get their reward.
    There really is a God who judges the earth.”