Do you indeed in silence speak righteousness?
Do you judge uprightly, O you sons of men?
2 No, in heart you work wickedness;
You 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 stops her ear,
5 Which listens not to the voice of charmers,
Charming ever so wisely.
6 Break their teeth, O Elohim, in their mouth:
Break out the great teeth of the young lions, O Yahweh.
7 Let them melt away as water that runs swiftly:
When he aims his arrows, let them be as though they were cut off.
8 Let them be as a snail which melts and passes away,
Like the untimely birth of a woman, that has not seen the sun.
9 Before your pots can feel the thorns,
He will take them away with a whirlwind, the green and the burning alike.
10 The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance:
He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked;
11 So that men shall say,
Truly there is a reward for the righteous:
Truly there is an Elohim that judges in the earth.
For the Chief Musician; set to Al-tashheth.
A Psalm of David. Michtam; when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him.
Deliver me from my enemies, O my Elohim:
Set me on high from them that rise up against me.
2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity,
And save me from the blood-thirsty men.
3 For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul;
The mighty gather themselves together against me:
Not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O Yahweh.
4 They run and prepare themselves without my fault:
Awake to help me, and behold.
5 Even you, O Yahweh Elohim of hosts, the Elohim of Israel,
Arise to visit all the nations:
Be not merciful to any wicked transgressors.
6 They return at evening, they howl like a dog,
And go all around the city.
7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth;
Swords are in their lips:
For who, say they, does hear?
8 But you, O Yahweh, will laugh at them;
You will have all the nations in derision.
9 Because of his strength I will give heed to you;
For Elohim is my high tower.
10 My Elohim with his lovingkindness will meet me:
Elohim will let me see my desire upon my enemies.
11 Kill them not, lest my people forget:
Scatter them by your power, and bring them down,
O Yahweh our shield.
12 For 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.
13 Consume them in wrath, consume them, so that they shall be no more:
and let them know that Elohim rules in Jacob,
To the ends of the earth.
14 And at evening let them return, let them howl like a dog,
And go all around the city.
15 They shall wander up and down for food.
And stay all night if they be not satisfied.
16 But I will sing of your strength;
Yes, I will sing aloud of your lovingkindness in the morning:
For you have been my high tower,
And a refuge in the day of my distress.
17 To you, O my strength, will I sing praises:
For Elohim is my high tower, the Elohim of my mercy.
For the Chief Musician; set to Shushan Eduth. Michtam of David, to teach; when he strove with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and Joab returned, and struck of Edom in the Valley of Salt twelve thousand.
O Elohim, you have cast us off, you have broken us down;
You have been angry; oh restore us again.
2 You have made the land to tremble; you have rent it:
Heal the breaches of it; for it shakes.
3 You have showed your people hard things:
You have made us to drink the wine of staggering.
4 You have given a banner to them that fear you,
That it may be displayed because of the truth.
5 That your beloved may be delivered,
Save with your right hand, and answer us.
6 Elohim has spoken in his holiness:
I will exult; I will divide Shechem, and measure out the valley of Succoth.
7 Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine;
Ephraim also is the defence of my head;
Judah is my sceptre.
8 Moab is my washpot;
Upon Edom will I cast my shoe:
Philistia, shout because of me.
9 Who will bring me into the strong city?
Who has led me to Edom?
10 Have not you, O Elohim, cast us off?
And you go not forth, O Elohim, with our hosts.
11 Give us help against the adversary;
For vain is the help of man.
12 Through Elohim we shall do valiantly;
For he it is that will tread down our adversaries.
For the Chief Musician; on a stringed instrument.
A Psalm of David.