| 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.|
| ||DO 1 ye indeed in 2 silence speak righteousness?|
Do ye judge 3 uprightly, O ye sons of men?
| ||Nay, in heart ye work wickedness;|
Ye weigh out the violence of your hands in the earth.
| ||The wicked are estranged from the womb:|
They go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.
| ||Their poison is like the poison of a serpent:|
They are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear,
| ||Which hearkeneth not to the voice of charmers, 4|
Charming never so wisely.
| ||Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth:|
Break out the great teeth of the young lions, O Jehovah.
| ||Let them melt away as water that runneth apace:|
When he aimeth his arrows, let them be as though they were cut off.
| ||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.
| ||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;
| ||So that men shall say, Verily there is a 7 reward for the righteous:|
Verily there is a God that judgeth in the earth.