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Psalms 58:3-5

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58:3 The wicked turn aside from birth; 1 

liars go astray as soon as they are born. 2 

58:4 Their venom is like that of a snake, 3 

like a deaf serpent 4  that does not hear, 5 

58:5 that does not respond to 6  the magicians,

or to a skilled snake-charmer.

1 tn Heb “from the womb.”

2 tn Heb “speakers of a lie go astray from the womb.”

3 tn Heb “[there is] venom to them according to the likeness of venom of a snake.”

4 tn Or perhaps “cobra” (cf. NASB, NIV). Other suggested species of snakes are “asp” (NEB) and “adder” (NRSV).

5 tn Heb “[that] stops up its ear.” The apparent Hiphil jussive verbal form should be understood as a Qal imperfect with “i” theme vowel (see GKC 168 §63.n).

6 tn Heb “does not listen to the voice of.”



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