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FRAMEWORKS: Psalm 58: A Call for Sin to be restrained & God exalted


For the director of music. To the tune of “Do Not Destroy.” Of David. A miktam.


[Preliminary Comments: There is no indication what has caused David to write in this way beyond the fact that he sees injustice prevail [v.1,2] and evil abound [v.3-5]. This stirs him to petition the Lord to deal with such people [v.6-9]. The righteous will praise the Lord when they seem Him do this [v.10] and feel secure in His judgements [v.11]


PART 1: v.1-5: The evil of the World


v.1,2 David points out the injustices of rulers


v.1  Do you rulers indeed speak justly?
     Do you judge people with equity?
v.2  No, in your heart you devise injustice,
     and your hands mete out violence on the earth.


v.3-5 Evil spreads from the wicked, even from birth, like poison that kills


v.3  Even from birth the wicked go astray;
     from the womb they are wayward, spreading lies.
v.4  Their venom is like the venom of a snake,
     like that of a cobra that has stopped its ears,
v.5  that will not heed the tune of the charmer,
     however skillful the enchanter may be.



PART 2: v.6-9: Petition


v.6 He calls on the Lord to disarm such people


v.6  Break the teeth in their mouths, O God;
     Lord, tear out the fangs of those lions!

v.7-9 He wants them removed and certainly to fail in their wickedness


v.7  Let them vanish like water that flows away;
     when they draw the bow, let their arrows fall short.
v.8  May they be like a slug that melts away as it moves along,
     like a stillborn child that never sees the sun.

v.9  Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns—
     whether they be green or dry—the wicked will be swept away.


PART 3: v.10,11: Testimony


v.10 The righteous will praise when evil doers are brought down


v.10  The righteous will be glad when they are avenged,
     when they dip their feet in the blood of the wicked.

v.11 The truth will be seen – God blesses the righteous


v.11  Then people will say,
     “Surely the righteous still are rewarded;
     surely there is a God who judges the earth.”



[Additional Thoughts: A psalm that reveals a righteous heart that is concerned for the Sin of the world and calls on the Lord to restrain it.]



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