Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?
&) Al-taschith. or, Destroy not. A golden Psalm.
Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.
The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.
as soon, etc
Heb. from the belly.
Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;
Heb. according to the likeness of. serpent.
adder or asp
Pethen, is no doubt the boeten of the Arabians, which M. Forskal describes as spotted with black and white, about one foot in length, nearly half an inch thick, oviparous, and its bite almost instant death. It is the aspic of the ancients, and is so called the literati of Cyprus, though the common people call it [kouphe] deaf.
Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.
That serpents might be charmed or rendered harmless was well known to the ancients. Virgil, and many others state the fact:--Frigidus in pratis cantando, rumpitur anguis. "In the meadows the cold snake is burst by incantation."
charming never so wisely
or, be the charmer never so cunning.
Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD.
Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.
As 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.
&-- Shabbelool, in Chaldee tivlala, the snail, is probably so called from the Arabic balla, to wet, moisten, because of the glutinous slime emitted from its body, by which it appears to waste itself away in its own motion; and in the same manner the wicked prove their own destruction.
Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.
both living, etc
Heb. as living as wrath.
The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.
Verily there is
a reward for
Heb. fruit of the, etc.