Psalm 57 (Kathisma 8)
Read on Tuesday (Monday and Thursday during Lent)
For the End: Destroy not. By David; For a Pillar Inscription, 57.
(Psalm 58 - Hebrew Numbering)
If ye indeed speak of righteousness, judge rightly, ye sons of men.
For in your heart ye work iniquity in the earth; your hands weave unrighteousness.
Even from the womb, sinners are estranged; even from the belly, they are gone astray, they have spoken lies.
Their rage is like that of a serpent, like that of an asp that is deaf and stoppeth her ears, Which shall not hearken to the voice of the charmers, nor is spellbound by the spells of a wizard. God will shatter their teeth in their mouth, the great teeth of the lions the Lord hath broken.
They shall vanish like passing waters; He will bend His bow till they be weakened.
Like wax that is melted shall they be taken away; fire hath fallen upon them and they saw not the sun.
Before your thorns can know their brier, while they are yet alive, in His wrath shall He swallow them up.
The righteous man shall be glad, when he seeth the avengement, he shall wash his hands in the blood of the sinner.
And man shall say: If indeed there is fruit for the righteous man, there is indeed a God that judgeth them upon the earth.