1 Magistro chori. Secundum "Ne destruxeris". David. Miktam.
2 Numquid vere, potentes, iustitiam loquimini, recte iudicatis filios hominum?
3 Etenim in corde iniquitates operamini, in terra violentiam manus vestrae concinnant.
4 Alienati sunt peccatores ab utero; erraverunt a ventre, qui loquuntur falsa.
5 Venenum illis in similitudinem serpentis, sicut aspidis surdae et obturantis aures suas,
6 quae non exaudiet vocem incantantium et venefici incantantis sapienter.
7 Deus, contere dentes eorum in ore ipsorum; molas leonum confringe, Domine.
8 Diffluant tamquam aqua decurrens, sicut fenum conculcatum arescant.
9 Sicut limax, quae tabescens transit, sicut abortivum mulieris, quod non vidit solem.
10 Priusquam sentiant ollae vestrae rhamnum, sicut viventes, sicut ardor irae absorbet eos.
11 Laetabitur iustus, cum viderit vindictam, pedes suos lavabit in sanguine peccatoris.
12 Et dicet homo: "Utique est fructus iusto, utique est Deus iudicans eos in terra".
King James Version
To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, Michtam of David.
1 Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?
2 Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.
3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.
4 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;
5 Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.
6 Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD.
7 Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.
8 As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.
9 Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.
10 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.