Psalm 58: God’s Judgment

What kinds of judgments are made in silence?

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Psalm 58:1 To the minister of music, a song of David.
Do you leaders render the right verdicts in silence? Are people judged fairly?
King James
Psalm 58:1 <To the chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David.> Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?

How do wicked leaders gain power?

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Psalm 58:2–3 You secretly plan your evil deeds and spread violence across the land.
From the time they were born, the wicked go astray, speaking lies.
King James
Psalm 58:2–3 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.

What are the dangers of trying to charm a snake?

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Psalm 58:4–5 They are poisonous like the cobra that is usually deaf to the snake charmer’s pipe but will strike with its venom no matter how skillful the charmer is.
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Psalm 58:4–5 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear; Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.

How might we expect the “young lions’ jaws” to be broken?

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Judges 15:14–15 When Samson arrived at Lehi, the Philistines shouted curses at him. The mighty power of the Holy Spirit came upon him, and he snapped the ropes binding him like they had been burned to nothing. The ropes fell from his wrists. He found a fresh jawbone from a donkey, picked it up like a sword, and used it to kill a thousand men.
1 Samuel 17:36 Your servant killed both the lion and the bear. This uncircumcised Philistine will be like them, since he has defied the armies of the living God.
Psalm 58:6 Break the young lions’ jaws, Lord God, and shatter their teeth.
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Judges 15:14–15 And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted against him: and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands loosed from off his hands. And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men therewith.
1 Samuel 17:36 Thy servant slew both the lion and the bear: and this uncircumcised Philistine shall be as one of them, seeing he hath defied the armies of the living God.
Psalm 58:6 Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O Lord.

What will motivate God’s destruction of the enemy? Why hasn’t that already happened?

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Psalm 58:7–9 Let them disappear like water down the drain. May their arrows fall before they reach their target. May they be like snails, coming to nothing, or like the stillborn, who never see the sun.
God will sweep them away faster than pots feel the heat from twigs set on fire.
King James
Psalm 58:7–9 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. Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.

What should be the basis for our rejoicing in the Lord?

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Psalm 58:10 The righteous will rejoice when they see God’s vengeance, vindicated by the judgment of the wicked.
Luke 10:17–20 When the seventy-two returned, they said with delight, “Sir, we even commanded the evil spirits in your name.”
“So what,” Jesus said. “I have seen Satan fall like lightning from the sky. Sure, I have given you authority to trample snakes and scorpions and have power over the enemy, so nothing can harm you in any way. However, you should not rejoice that evil spirits obey your commands. Instead, rejoice because your citizenship in Heaven has been recorded.”
Ephesians 2:8 We are saved from death, not as a result of any personal achievement but because we have chosen to believe and accept God’s unmerited gift.
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Psalm 58:10 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
Luke 10:17–20 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven. Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
Ephesians 2:8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

In what ways will the righteous be rewarded?

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Psalm 58:11 People will say, “It’s true. The righteous are rewarded, for God is Earth’s judge.”
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Psalm 58:11 So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.