To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of Dawid.
1 Do you indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? Do you judge uprightly, O you sons of men?
2 Yea, in heart you work wickedness; you weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.
3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; they go astray as soon as they be 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 will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.
6 Break their teeth, O God (Elohim), in their mouth; break out the great teeth of the young lions, O יהוה.
7 Let them melt away as waters which run continually; when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.
8 As 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.
9 Before your pots can feel the thorns, He shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in His wrath.
10 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance; he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 So that a man shall say, “Verily there is a reward for the righteous; verily he is a God (Elohim) who judgeth in the earth.”