1 Is it true? O congregation, speak ye justly?

O sons of men judge ye uprightly?

2 Yea, rather ye imagine mischief in your

heart: your hands execute cruelty upon the


3 The wicked are strangers from the womb:

even from the belly have they erred, and

speak lies.

4 Their poison is even like the poison of a serpent;

like the deaf adder that stoppeth his ear.

5 Which heareth not the voice of the enchanter,

though he be most expert in charming.

6 Break their teeth, O God, in their mouths:

break the jaws of the young lions, O Lord.

7 Let them melt like the waters, let them pass

away; when he shooteth his arrows, let them be as


8 Let them consume like a snail that melteth,

and like the untimely fruit of a woman, that hath

not seen the sun.

9 As raw flesh before your pots feel the fire

of thorns: so let them carry them away as with a

whirlwind in his wrath.

10 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the

vengeance; he shall wash his feet in the blood of the


11 And men shall say, Verily there is fruit for the

righteous; doubtless there is a God that judgeth in

the earth.

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