Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.
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What should I learn from this chapter?
- In the flow of life, things change.
- Either God can be in your waters, making them holy, or Satan can be in your waters, fouling them.
The Just Judgment of the Wicked
To the Chief Musician. Set to “Do Not Destroy. (Heb. Al Tashcheth)” A Michtam of David.
Psalm 58:1 Do you indeed speak righteousness, you silent ones?
Do you judge uprightly, you sons of men?
Psalm 58:2 No, in heart you work wickedness;
You weigh out the violence of your hands in the earth.
- He speaks peace but his heart is for war.
Psalm 58:3 The wicked are estranged from the womb;
They go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies.
Psalm 58:4 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent;
They are like the deaf cobra that stops its ear,
- Biblical poison is lies from the serpent of Genesis 1.
- The wicked do not care for the needs of anyone but themselves.
Psalm 58:5 Which will not heed the voice of charmers,
Charming ever so skillfully.
- Since the wicked are lawless, they must be “charmed” to motivate them.
Psalm 58:6 Break (Break away) their teeth in their mouth, O God!
Break out the fangs of the young lions, O Lord!
- Lions without teeth cannot tear their prey.
Psalm 58:7 Let them flow away as waters which run continually;
When he bends his bow,
Let his arrows be as if cut in pieces.
- Let them flow away in the rivers of people which run continually over time.
- When he makes a promise (a “bow”) his arrows pierce the heart of other people.
Psalm 58:8 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.
Psalm 58:9 Before your pots can feel the burning thorns,
He (God) shall take them away as with a whirlwind,
As in His living and burning wrath.
- Thorn branches were used for making a fire under a pot.
Psalm 58:10 The righteous shall rejoice when he sees the vengeance;
He shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked,
- Revelation 19:15 Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God.
- At Jesus’ return, He will become the “Kinsman Redeemer” of the wronged righteous.
Psalm 58:11 So that men will say,
“Surely there is a reward for the righteous;
Surely He is God who judges in the earth.”
- Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.