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The Book of Psalms

Psalm 57

Si vere utique.

David reproveth the wicked, and foretelleth their punishment.


1
Unto the end, destroy not, for David, for an inscription of a title.

2
If in very deed ye speak justice: judge right things, ye sons of men.

3
For in your heart you work iniquity: your hands forge injustice in the earth.

4
The wicked are alienated from the womb; they have gone astray from the womb: they have spoken false things.

5
Their madness is according to the likeness of a serpent: like the deaf asp that stoppeth her ears:

6
Which will not hear the voice of the charmers; nor of the wizard that charmeth wisely.

7
God shall break in pieces their teeth in their mouth: the Lord shall break the grinders of the lions.

8
They shall come to nothing, like water running down; he hath bent his bow till they be weakened.

9
Like wax that melteth they shall be taken away: fire hath fallen on them, and they shall not see the sun.

10
Before your thorns could know the brier; he swalloweth them up, as alive, in his wrath.

11
The just shall rejoice when he shall see the revenge: he shall wash his hands in the blood of the sinner.

12
And man shall say: If indeed there be fruit to the just: there is indeed a God that judgeth them on the earth.

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