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Psalm 58: Are you sure you are judging matters properly?

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Psalm 58 is a psalm in which the listener is asked to judge his own words and his own standard of judgment.

David tells the sons of men that their heart is wicked. Whatever their actions, whatever their judgment of others, they should weigh their own violent works in the balance to see if they are found wanting.

The wicked cannot judge themselves because even from the heart they lost their way. This is not saying they were evil in their womb. David is not talking about original sin here. He specifically talks about the wicked but he doesn't have a Calvinistic view of evil. These people have somehow been corrupted after their birth. Whether it was from hard-hearted rebelliousness toward correction or an attraction to the evil things in the world, the wicked have lost the way. They began with speaking lies. The lies were cruel, vicious, gossipy, deadly, poisonous to others. Like a deaf snake, they did not listen to instruction but closed off their ears to advice.

This is one of the psalms which show the power of proper teaching. The Bible often declares that a child who is not taught how to hear spiritual instruction may end up on the wrong path. Such children grow up not knowing the right path. They are like thorny plants that never benefitted from proper tending, pruning, and watering.

1{To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David.} Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?

2Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.

3The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.

4Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;

5Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.

6Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD.

7Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.

8As 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.

9Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.

10The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.

11So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.



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