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Psalm 58. Si vere utique.

From the Book of Divine Worship - The Psalter or Psalms of David - Contemporary - Eleventh Day - Morning Prayer.
  1. Do you indeed decree righteousness, you rulers? *
    do you judge the peoples with equity?
  2. No; you devise evil in your hearts, *
    and your hands deal out violence in the land.
  3. The wicked are perverse from the womb; *
    liars go astray from their birth.
  4. They are as venomous as a serpent, *
    they are like the deaf adder which stops its ears,
  5. Which does not heed the voice of the charmer, *
    no matter how skillful his charming.
  6. O God, break their teeth in their mouths; *
    pull the fangs of the young lions, O Lord.
  7. Let them vanish like water that runs off; *
    let them wither like trodden grass.
  8. Let them be like the snail that melts away, *
    like a stillborn child that never sees the sun.
  9. Before they bear fruit, let them be cut down like a brier; *
    like thorns and thistles let them be swept away.
  10. The righteous will be glad when they see the vengeance; *
    they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.
  11. And they will say, "Surely, there is a reward for the righteous; *
    surely, there is a God who rules in the earth."
* An asterisk divides a verse of a Psalm in two portions for responsive reading

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