Psalm 58

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Psalm 58 is the 58th psalm from the Book of Psalms. It was written by David. It is representative of David sparing his enemy from death when he easily could have killed him in order to attempt to make peace.[1]


The theme of this Psalm is Woe to the Unjust Judges and was traditionally was attached to the story of Absalom. The Psaulmist calls them sharply and depicts their wickedness, then asks for their punishment. It finally foresees the joy of the righteous and the glory of God (verses 11 and 12).

The Roman Catholic Church has traditionally seen the Psalm as illustrative of the Crucifixion of Jesus and the scourging before hand. It has also been traditionally seen as describing to the persecutors of the Church



From the early Middle Ages monasteries used this psalm at the Matins office on Tuesday,[2][3][4]. according to the Rule of St. Benedict of Nursia, that was established around 530


  1. ^ The Artscroll Tehillim page 120
  2. ^ Psautier latin-français du bréviaire monastique, p. 209, 1938/2003
  3. ^ Règle de saint Benoît, chapitre XVIII, traduction de Prosper Guéranger, (Abbaye Saint-Pierre de Solesmes, réimpression 2007) p. 46,
  4. ^