The Book of Psalms. The Harvard Classics. 190914.
Prayer for the Punishment of the Wicked
For the Chief Musician; set to Al-tashheth. A Psalm of David. Michtam.
[ 1] D O 1 ye indeed in 2 silence speak righteousness? Do ye judge 3 uprightly, O ye sons of men?
[ 2] Nay, in heart ye work wickedness; Ye weigh out the violence of your hands in the earth.
[ 3] The wicked are estranged from the womb: They go astray as soon as they are 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 hearkeneth not to the voice of charmers, 4 Charming never so wisely.
[ 6] Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: Break out the great teeth of the young lions, O Jehovah.
[ 7] Let them melt away as water that runneth apace: When he aimeth his arrows, let them be as though they were cut off.
[ 8] Let them be as a snail which melteth and passeth away, Like the untimely birth of a woman, that 5 hath not seen the sun.
[ 9] Before your pots can feel the thorns, He 6 will take them away with a whirlwind, the green and the burning alike. The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked;
[ 10] So that men shall say, Verily there is a 7 reward for the righteous: Verily there is a God that judgeth in the earth.