1 Of David.
Can you speak about righteousness when you are silent? Can you judge in uprightness, you sons of men?
2 Instead, you devise unrighteousness in your heart, And your hands dispense violence in the land.
3 The wicked go astray from birth; They are wayward, liars from the time they are born.
4 Their venom is like the venom of serpents; They are deaf like the cobra that stops up its ear.
5 It will not listen to the voice of charmers, No matter how skillful their spells.
6 O God, knock the teeth out of their mouth! Break the jaws of these lions, O Jehovah!
7 May they disappear like waters that drain away. May He bend his bow and make them fall by his arrows.
8 May they be like a snail that melts away as it moves along; Like a woman’s stillborn child who never sees the sun.
9 Before your cooking pots feel the heat of the bramble, He will sweep away both the moist and the burning twig, as in a storm wind.
10 The righteous one will rejoice because he has seen the vengeance; His feet will be drenched with the blood of the wicked.
11 Then men will say: “Surely there is a reward for the righteous. There is indeed a God who judges in the earth.”