Si vere utique
1 Do you indeed decree righteousness, O you rulers,*
and do you judge uprightly, O children of men?
2 No, you devise evil in your heart,*
and on the earth your hands deal out violence.
3 The ungodly err even from their mother's womb;*
as soon as they are born, they go astray and speak lies.
4 They are as venomous as the poison of a serpent,*
even like the deaf adder that stops its ears,
5 Which refuses to hear the voice of the charmer,*
no matter how skillful his charming.
6 Break their teeth, O God, in their mouths;*
smite the jawbones of the ungodly.
7 Let them fall away like water that runs off;*
let them wither like the grass that is trodden underfoot.
8 Let them melt away like a snail,*
and be like a stillborn child that does not see the sun.
9 Before they bear fruit, let them be cut off like a briar;*
let them be like thorns and weeds that are swept away.
10 The righteous shall rejoice when they see the vengeance;*
they shall wash their feet in the blood of the ungodly.
11 So that people shall say, "Truly, there is a reward for the righteous;*
surely, there is a God who judges the earth."
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