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YOU GODS AND RULERS, CAN YOU CLAIM

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You gods and rulers, can you claim you speak in righteousness?

Songbook: Trinity Psalter Hymnal 2018

Page Number: 58

Song Key: G minor

Language: English

Authors: "The Book of Psalms for Singing", 1973

Tune Name: SHEPHERDS' PIPES

Themes: Psalm 58

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1.You gods and rulers, can you claim
you speak in righteousness?
And do you judge the sons of men
in truth and uprightness?
No, surely in your evil hearts
you wickedness produce.
You mete out vi’lence on the earth
with hands of cruel abuse.

2. The wicked from their day of birth
are strangers to the way;
they from the womb come speaking lies;
they wander far astray.
They’re full of venom like a snake,
like cobras with deaf ears
which will not heed the charmer’s voice,
nor skilled enchanters hear.

3. O God, inside their opened mouths
break off their cruel teeth;
the fangs of these young lions, LORD,
tear out by roots beneath.
As runoff waters disappear,
so let them flow away;
when he shoots arrows, let the shafts
be blunted on the way.

4.Let them be like the snails that melt
along the course they run;
or like a little stillborn child,
who never sees the sun.
Before your pots can feel the burning
thorns which ’neath them lay,
so quickly may the wicked fade
and all be swept away.

5.The righteous will be glad to see
that vengeance is complete,
for in the blood of wicked men
he then will bathe his feet.
Mankind will say, “The righteous ones
will surely have reward.
Indeed, there is a living God
who judges on the earth.”

Composer: Annabeth McClelland Gay, 1951; Harm. Dale Grotenhuis, 1985

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