To the Chief Musician. Set to “Do Not Destroy.” A Michtam of David.
1 Do you indeed speak righteousness, you silent ones? Do you judge uprightly, you sons of men?
2 No, in heart you work wickedness; you weigh out the violence of your hands in the earth.
3 The wicked are estranged from the womb; 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 cobra that stops its ear,
5 Which will not heed the voice of charmers, charming ever so skillfully.
6 Break their teeth in their mouth, O God! Break out the fangs of the young lions, O LORD!
7 Let them flow away as waters which run continually; when he bends his bow, let his arrows be as if cut in pieces.
8 Let them be like a snail which melts away as it goes, like a stillborn child of a woman, that they may not see the sun.
9 Before your pots can feel the burning thorns, He shall take them away as with a whirlwind, as in His living and burning wrath.
10 The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance; he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked,
11 So that men will say, “Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely He is God who judges in the earth.”
This psalm is an excellent reminder that nobody ever truly “gets away with it”. God sees everything and judges appropriately. I know it may be easy to see the apparent success of people who advance themselves through deceit, and ask yourself, “Why am I trying so hard to do things the right way when shortcuts seem to work just as well and no one ever even checks?” Know that even though God is merciful and will give the unrighteous every chance to self correct their ways, he is also just and those snakes who stop their ears and do not heed the warning voice of the Holy Spirit will find very public and humiliating justice.