1 «To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David.» Do ye indeed speak righteousness, OYou counsellors of Saul, who under pretence of consulting for the common wealth, conspire my death being an innocent.congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?
2 Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence ofYou are not ashamed to execute that cruelty publicly, which you have imagined in your hearts.your hands in the earth.
3 The wickedThat is, enemies to the people of God even from their birth.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 deafThey pass in malice and subtilty the crafty serpent who could preserve himself by stopping his ears from the enchanter.adder [that] stoppeth her ear;
5 Which heareth not the voyce of the inchanter, though he be most expert in charming.
6 Break theirTake away all opportunity and means by which they hurt.teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD.
7 Let themConsidering God's divine power, he shows that God in a moment can destroy their force of which they brag.melt away as waters [which] run continually: [when] he bendeth [his bow to shoot] his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.
8 Let them consume like a snayle that melteth, and like the vntimely fruite of a woman, that hath not seene the sunne.
9 As flesh is taken raw out of the pot before the water boils: so he desires God to destroy their enterprises before they bring them to pass.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 shallWith a pure affection.rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in theTheir punishment and slaughter will be so great.blood of the wicked.
11 So that a man shall say,Seeing God governs all by his providence, he must put a difference between the godly and the wicked.Verily [there is] a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.