Psalm 58

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    Do ye, O congregation,
       indeed speak righteousness?
     O ye that are the sons of men,
       judge ye with uprightness?
2    Yea, ev'n within your very hearts
       ye wickedness have done;
     And ye the vi'lence of your hands
       do weigh the earth upon.

3    The wicked men estranged are,
       ev'n from the very womb;
     They, speaking lies, do stray as soon
       as to the world they come.
4    Unto a serpent's poison like
       their poison doth appear;
     Yea, they are like the adder deaf,
       that closely stops her ear;

5    That so she may not hear the voice
       of one that charm her would,
     No, not though he most cunning were,
       and charm most wisely could.
6    Their teeth, O God, within their mouth
       break thou in pieces small;
     The great teeth break thou out, O Lord,
       of these young lions all.

7    Let them like waters melt away,
       which downward still do flow:
     In pieces cut his arrows all,
       when he shall bend his bow.
8    Like to a snail that melts away,
       let each of them be gone;
     Like woman's birth untimely, that
       they never see the sun.

9    He shall them take away before
       your pots the thorns can find,
     Both living, and in fury great,
       as with a stormy wind.
10   The righteous, when he vengeance sees,
       he shall be joyful then;
     The righteous one shall wash his feet
       in blood of wicked men.

11   So men shall say, The righteous man
       reward shall never miss:
     And verily upon the earth
       a God to judge there is.

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