1: To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, Michtam of David. Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men? 2: Yes, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth. 3: The wicked are estranged from their birth: they go astray as soon as they are 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, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD. 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 that judgeth in the earth.