Bible Reference

Psalm 58

God Who Judges the Earth

To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam1 of David.

1Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods?2

Do you judge the children of man uprightly?

2No, in your hearts you devise wrongs;

your hands deal out violence on earth.

3The wicked are estranged from the womb;

they go astray from birth, speaking lies.

4They have venom like the venom of a serpent,

like the deaf adder that stops its ear,

5so that it does not hear the voice of charmers

or of the cunning enchanter.

6O God, break the teeth in their mouths;

tear out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord!

7Let them vanish like water that runs away;

when he aims his arrows, let them be blunted.

8Let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime,

like the stillborn child who never sees the sun.

9Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of thorns,

whether green or ablaze, may he sweep them away!3

10The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance;

he will bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked.

11Mankind will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous;

surely there is a God who judges on earth.”


  • 1 58:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  • 2 58:1 Or you mighty lords (by revocalization; Hebrew in silence)
  • 3 58:9 The meaning of the Hebrew verse is uncertain

Psalm 59

Deliver Me from My Enemies

To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Miktam1 of David, when Saul sent men to watch his house in order to kill him.

1Deliver me from my enemies, O my God;

protect me from those who rise up against me;

2deliver me from those who work evil,

and save me from bloodthirsty men.

3For behold, they lie in wait for my life;

fierce men stir up strife against me.

For no transgression or sin of mine, O Lord,

4for no fault of mine, they run and make ready.

Awake, come to meet me, and see!

5You, Lord God of hosts, are God of Israel.

Rouse yourself to punish all the nations;

spare none of those who treacherously plot evil. Selah

6Each evening they come back,

howling like dogs

and prowling about the city.

7There they are, bellowing with their mouths

with swords in their lips—

for “Who,” they think,2 “will hear us?”

8But you, O Lord, laugh at them;

you hold all the nations in derision.

9O my Strength, I will watch for you,

for you, O God, are my fortress.

10My God in his steadfast love3 will meet me;

God will let me look in triumph on my enemies.

11Kill them not, lest my people forget;

make them totter4 by your power and bring them down,

O Lord, our shield!

12For the sin of their mouths, the words of their lips,

let them be trapped in their pride.

For the cursing and lies that they utter,

13consume them in wrath;

consume them till they are no more,

that they may know that God rules over Jacob

to the ends of the earth. Selah

14Each evening they come back,

howling like dogs

and prowling about the city.

15They wander about for food

and growl if they do not get their fill.

16But I will sing of your strength;

I will sing aloud of your steadfast love in the morning.

For you have been to me a fortress

and a refuge in the day of my distress.

17O my Strength, I will sing praises to you,

for you, O God, are my fortress,

the God who shows me steadfast love.


  • 1 59:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
  • 2 59:7 Hebrew lacks they think
  • 3 59:10 Or The God who shows me steadfast love
  • 4 59:11 Or wander