To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, Michtam of David.
581Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?58.1 Al-taschith…: or, Destroy not58.1 Michtam: or, A golden Psalm
2Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.
3The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.58.3 as soon…: Heb. from the belly
4Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;58.4 like the poison: Heb. according to the likeness, etc58.4 adder: or, asp
5Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.58.5 charming…: or, be the charmer never so cunning
6Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD.
7Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.
8As 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.
9Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.58.9 both…: Heb. as living as wrath
10The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.58.11 a reward…: Heb. fruit of the, etc
To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, Michtam of David; when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him.
591Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me.59.1 Al-taschith…: or, Destroy not59.1 Michtam: or, A golden Psalm59.1 defend…: Heb. set me on high
2Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men.
3For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD.
4They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold.59.4 help: Heb. meet
5Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah.
6They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
7Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?
8But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.
9Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.59.9 defence: Heb. high place
10The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.59.10 enemies: Heb. observers
11Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield.
12For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak.
13Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah.
14And at evening let them return; and let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
15Let them wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied.59.15 for meat: Heb. to eat59.15 and grudge…: or, if they be not satisfied, then they will stay all night
16But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.
17Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.
To the chief Musician upon Shushan-eduth, Michtam of David, to teach; when he strove with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, when Joab returned, and smote of Edom in the valley of salt twelve thousand.
601O God, thou hast cast us off, thou hast scattered us, thou hast been displeased; O turn thyself to us again.60.1 Michtam: or, A golden Psalm60.1 scattered: Heb. broken
2Thou hast made the earth to tremble; thou hast broken it: heal the breaches thereof; for it shaketh.
3Thou hast shewed thy people hard things: thou hast made us to drink the wine of astonishment.
4Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.
5That thy beloved may be delivered; save with thy right hand, and hear me.
6God hath spoken in his holiness; I will rejoice, I will divide Shechem, and mete out the valley of Succoth.
7Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver;
8Moab is my washpot; over Edom will I cast out my shoe: Philistia, triumph thou because of me.60.8 triumph…: or, triumph thou over me: (by an irony)
9Who will bring me into the strong city? who will lead me into Edom?60.9 strong…: Heb. city of strength?
10Wilt not thou, O God, which hadst cast us off? and thou, O God, which didst not go out with our armies?
11Give us help from trouble: for vain is the help of man.60.11 help of man: Heb. salvation, etc
12Through God we shall do valiantly: for he it is that shall tread down our enemies.