Psalm 58

Refrain:    The Lord makes himself known by his acts of justice.

1    Do you indeed speak justly, you mighty?  

Do you rule the peoples with equity?

2    With unjust heart you act throughout the land;  

your hands mete out violence.

3    The wicked are estranged, even from the womb;  

those who speak falsehood go astray from their birth.

4    They are as venomous as a serpent;  

they are like the deaf adder which stops its ears,

5    Which does not heed the voice of the charmers,  

and is deaf to the skilful weaver of spells. [R]

6    Break, O God, their teeth in their mouths;  

smash the fangs of these lions, O Lord.

7    Let them vanish like water that runs away;  

let them wither like trodden grass.

8    Let them be as the slimy track of the snail,  

like the untimely birth that never sees the sun.

9    Before ever their pots feel the heat of the thorns,  

green or blazing, let them be swept away.

10  The righteous will be glad when they see God’s vengeance;  

they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.

11  So that people will say,

‘Truly, there is a harvest for the righteous;  

truly, there is a God who judges in the earth.’

Refrain:    The Lord makes himself known by his acts of justice.

Living God,

deliver us from a world without justice

and a future without mercy;

in your mercy, establish justice,

and in your justice, remember the mercy

revealed to us in Jesus Christ our Lord.


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