Old Testament Commentary - Psalms 58

by Don R. Hender

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       CHAPTER 58          

David reproves wicked judges—They go astray and speak lies.

To the chief Musician, Al-taschith, Michtam of David.
  1 DO ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye ajudge uprightly, O ye sons of mena?
  2 Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.
  3 The wicked are estranged from the awomb: they go bastray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.
 1a ye sons of men There is a distinction to be made between those who are and seek after the flesh as sons of the natural man which is an enemy to God. We all stand in that potential. Though David will fail in his own such weakness he does decry the wickedness of those who seek after the vanity and things of the flesh as being 'sons of men' rather than subjecting themselves to becoming the 'sons of God' in subjecting that natural being to the control and guidance of the spirit. In the book of Genesis it speaks of the sons of God marrying the daughters of men. This speaks of those who would be heirs of righteousness according to their families falling to the weakness of the flesh in following after those women who have sought after vanity and thus are the daughters of the natural man. This weekness seems also to have come out in David, not that we know the integrity of Bathsheba other than she bathes herself upon the roof top to be seen, but that David being a beloved son of God in his intent toward God did also fall by seeking after 'a woman' in that carnal lust of the natural man. At this early point David tires of the wicked and calls forth God's judgment upon them, yet David would also become subject to that same judgment to the extent of his own wicked sinfulnes.
  4 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;
  5 Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.
  6 Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great ateeth of the young lions, O LORD.
  7 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.
  8 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.
  9 Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.
  10 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the ablood of the wicked.
  11 So that a man shall say, Verily there is a areward for the righteous: verily he is a God that bjudgeth in the earth.