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{To the chief Musician.
'Destroy not.' Of David.
Michtam.}
Is righteousness indeed silent?
Do ye speak it?
Do ye judge with equity, ye sons of men?
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Yea, in heart ye work wickedness;
ye weigh out the violence of your hands in the earth.
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The wicked go astray from the womb;
they err as soon as they are born, speaking lies.
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Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: [they are] like the deaf adder which stoppeth her ear;
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Which doth not hearken to the voice of enchanters, of one charming ever so wisely.
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O God, break their teeth in their mouth;
break out the great teeth of the young lions, O Jehovah.
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Let them melt away as waters that flow off;
when he aimeth his arrows, let them be as blunted:
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Let them be as a snail that melteth as it passeth away;
[like] the untimely birth of a woman, let them not see the sun.
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Before your pots feel the thorns, green or burning, — they shall be whirled away.
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The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance;
he shall wash his footsteps in the blood of the wicked:
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And men shall say, Verily there is fruit for the righteous;
verily there is a God that judgeth in the earth.