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The Catholic Study Bible A special version of the New American Bible, with a wealth of background information useful to Catholics.

Chapter 58

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The Dethroning of Unjust Rulers

1For the leader. Do not destroy.*A miktamof David.

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2Do you indeed pronounce justice, O gods;* do you judge mortals fairly? l Ps 82, 2; Dt 16, 19 . 3No, you freely engage in crime; your hands dispense violence to the earth.

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4The wicked have been corrupt since birth; liars from the womb, they have gone astray. 5Their poison is like the poison of a snake,* like that of a serpent stopping its ears, m Pss 64, 4; 140, 3; Rom 3, 13 . 6So as not to hear the voice of the charmer who casts such cunning spells.

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7O God, smash the teeth in their mouths; break the jaw‐teeth of these lions, LORD! n Ps 3, 7 . 8Make them vanish like water flowing away; o WIs 16, 29 . trodden down, let them wither like grass. p Ps 37, 2 . 9Let them dissolve like a snail that oozes away,* like an untimely birth that never sees the sun. q Jb 3, 16 . 10Suddenly, like brambles or thistles, have the whirlwind snatch them away. r Jb 21, 18; Hos 13, 3; Na 1, 10 . 11Then the just shall rejoice to see the vengeance and bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked. s Ps 68, 24; Is 63, 1–6 . 12Then it will be said: “Truly there is a reward for the just; there is a God who is judge on earth!”

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l: Ps 82, 2; Dt 16, 19 .

m: Pss 64, 4; 140, 3; Rom 3, 13 .

n: Ps 3, 7 .

o: WIs 16, 29 .

p: Ps 37, 2 .

q: Jb 3, 16 .

r: Jb 21, 18; Hos 13, 3; Na 1, 10 .

s: Ps 68, 24; Is 63, 1–6 .

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