Swift Judgement on The Judges

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The Psalmist gives a series of graphic pictures showing the certain fate of those who corrupt the justice system:

  1. A disarmed lion (v. 6).  David could picture himself as a shepherd tending the sheep when a lion would attack. He would be helpless with just his shepherd’s staff. It was only the Lord who could knock out the lion’s teeth. He sees the unjust judges of Israel with all their teeth knocked out.
  2. A dried-up stream (v. 7). As long as there is plenty of rain the streams will run swiftly.  However, when the rains stop the streams will soon dry up. This is true of the unjust judge who ceases to be honest in his dealings.
  3. A melting snail (v. 8a). In the ancient lands it was thought that the slimy track left by a snail would become smaller and smaller until it had wasted away to nothing. This is what David wanted to happen to the judges.
  4. An untimely birth (v. 8b). Whether a miscarriage or an abortion a life so full of promise that is suddenly cut off is a tragic picture indeed. Such is the life of an unjust judge.
  5. A disrupted meal (v. 9). Picture a meal being prepared outdoors over an open fire. All at once a whirlwind comes by and scatters fire, pots and pans and all the food. Such were the wicked magistrates and judges of Israel as seen by David.

When right triumphs “the righteous shall rejoice” (v. 10). We can be assured that there will be a day of accountability and that God judges fairly (v. 11).


Am I consistent in my dealing with all people whether they be friend or foe? It is so easy to show favoritism to some and ignore others.

Psalms 58:6-11 (English Standard Version)

O God, break the teeth in their mouths; tear out the fangs of the young lions, O LORD! Let them vanish like water that runs away; when he aims his arrows, let them be blunted. Let them be like the snail that dissolves into slime, like the stillborn child who never sees the sun. Sooner than your pots can feel the heat of thorns, whether green or ablaze, may he sweep them away! The righteous will rejoice when he sees the vengeance; he will bathe his feet in the blood of the wicked. Mankind will say, "Surely there is a reward for the righteous; surely there is a God who judges on earth."

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