Psalm 58:3

"The wicked are estranged from the womb: They go astray as soon as they are born, speaking lies."
- Psalm 58:3 (ASV)

‘Consider other verses in the poetic literature that describe a very different side of human nature. This same King David, again addressing God, writes: “Yet you brought me out of the womb; you made me trust in you even at my mother’s breast. From birth I was cast upon you; from my mother’s womb you have been my God” (Psa. 22:9,10; cf. 71:5,6). Similarly, the godly Job proclaims that he has taken care of orphans and widows “from my birth” (Job 31:17,18). These verses are rightly understood as poetic exaggerations. No one cites them to prove a doctrine of “original holiness” or “original righteousness.” Why, then, should Psalm 51:5 and 58:3 be cited to prove “original sin”?’
Source: Mark M. Mattison, “Original Sin?” (auburn).



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