58 For the music director; according to the al-tashcheth style; 2 a prayer 3 of David.
Do you rulers really pronounce just decisions? 4
Do you judge people 5 fairly?
2 No! 6 You plan how to do what is unjust; 7
you deal out violence in the earth. 8
3 The wicked turn aside from birth; 9
liars go astray as soon as they are born. 10
4 Their venom is like that of a snake, 11
like a deaf serpent 12 that does not hear, 13
5 that does not respond to 14 the magicians,
or to a skilled snake-charmer.
6 O God, break the teeth in their mouths!
Smash the jawbones of the lions, O Lord!
7 Let them disappear 15 like water that flows away! 16
Let them wither like grass! 17
8 Let them be 18 like a snail that melts away as it moves along! 19
Let them be like 20 stillborn babies 21 that never see the sun!
9 Before the kindling is even placed under your pots, 22
he 23 will sweep it away along with both the raw and cooked meat. 24
10 The godly 25 will rejoice when they see vengeance carried out;
they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 Then 26 observers 27 will say,
“Yes indeed, the godly are rewarded! 28
Yes indeed, there is a God who judges 29 in the earth!”
59 For the music director; according to the al-tashcheth style; 2 a prayer 3 of David, written when Saul sent men to surround his house and murder him. 4
Deliver me from my enemies, my God!
Protect me 5 from those who attack me! 6
2 Deliver me from evildoers! 7
Rescue me from violent men! 8
3 For look, they wait to ambush me; 9
powerful men stalk 10 me,
but not because I have rebelled or sinned, O Lord. 11
4 Though I have done nothing wrong, 12 they are anxious to attack. 13
Spring into action and help me! Take notice of me! 14
5 You, O Lord God, the invincible warrior, 15 the God of Israel,
rouse yourself and punish 16 all the nations!
Have no mercy on any treacherous evildoers! (Selah)
6 They return in the evening;
they growl 17 like a dog
and prowl around outside 18 the city.
7 Look, they hurl insults at me
and openly threaten to kill me, 19
for they say, 20
8 But you, O Lord, laugh in disgust at them; 21
you taunt 22 all the nations.
9 You are my source of strength! I will wait for you! 23
For God is my refuge. 24
10 The God who loves me will help me; 25
God will enable me to triumph over 26 my enemies. 27
11 Do not strike them dead suddenly,
because then my people might forget the lesson. 28
Use your power to make them homeless vagabonds and then bring them down,
O Lord who shields us! 29
12 They speak sinful words. 30
So let them be trapped by their own pride
and by the curses and lies they speak!
13 Angrily wipe them out! Wipe them out so they vanish!
Let them know that God rules
in Jacob and to the ends of the earth! (Selah)
14 They return in the evening;
they growl 31 like a dog
and prowl around outside 32 the city.
15 They wander around looking for something to eat;
they refuse to sleep until they are full. 33
16 As for me, I will sing about your strength;
I will praise your loyal love in the morning.
For you are my refuge 34
and my place of shelter when I face trouble. 35
17 You are my source of strength! I will sing praises to you! 36
For God is my refuge, 37 the God who loves me. 38
60 For the music director; according to the shushan-eduth style; 2 a prayer 3 of David written to instruct others. 4 It was written when he fought against Aram Naharaim and Aram-Zobah. That was when Joab turned back and struck down 5 12,000 Edomites 6 in the Valley of Salt. 7
O God, you have rejected us. 8
You suddenly turned on us in your anger. 9
Please restore us! 10
2 You made the earth quake; you split it open. 11
Repair its breaches, for it is ready to fall. 12
3 You have made your people experience hard times; 13
you have made us drink intoxicating wine. 14
4 You have given your loyal followers 15 a rallying flag,
so that they might seek safety from the bow. 16 (Selah)
5 Deliver by your power 17 and answer me, 18
so that the ones you love may be safe. 19
6 God has spoken in his sanctuary: 20
“I will triumph! I will parcel out Shechem;
the Valley of Succoth I will measure off. 21
7 Gilead belongs to me,
as does Manasseh! 22
Ephraim is my helmet, 23
Judah my royal scepter. 24
8 Moab is my washbasin. 25
I will make Edom serve me. 26
I will shout in triumph over Philistia.” 27
9 Who will lead me into the fortified city?
Who will bring me to Edom? 28
10 Have you not rejected us, O God?
O God, you do not go into battle with our armies.
11 Give us help against the enemy,
for any help men might offer is futile. 29
12 By God’s power we will conquer; 30
he will trample down 31 our enemies.