1You rulers, do you speak what’s just, and judge right among men?
2No, in your heart’s unrighteousness; violence is in your hand.
3The wicked go astray from birth; speak lies right from the womb;
4Their words like venom of a snake that sends you to the tomb.
5They are just like a cobra that has stopped its ear so well,
It will not hear the charmer’s voice, or caster of a spell.
6O God, come shatter all their teeth; let their mouth speak no more;
Break out the fangs of lions, God, and shut their mouths, O Lord.
7Let them be like the water, that runs off and flows away;
When they shoot arrows, let the shafts be blunted on the way.
8Like snails that melt, like stillborn birth that never sees the sun;
9Before pots feel the heat of thorns, they’re swept away and gone.
10The righteous will rejoice when they God’s vengeance do observe;
They’ll wash their feet within the blood of wicked who truth spurned.
11Then men will say, “Now we can see the fruit of righteousness;
And surely there’s a God who’ll judge on earth in faithfulness.