1 The Lord is a God who avenges.c
O God who avenges, shine forth.d
2 Rise up,e Judgef of the earth;
pay backg to the proud what they deserve.
3 How long, Lord, will the wicked,
how long will the wicked be jubilant?h
4 They pour out arroganti words;
all the evildoers are full of boasting.j
5 They crush your people,k Lord;
they oppress your inheritance.l
6 They slay the widowm and the foreigner;
they murder the fatherless.n
7 They say, “The Lord does not see;o
the God of Jacobp takes no notice.”
8 Take notice, you senseless onesq among the people;
you fools, when will you become wise?
9 Does he who fashioned the ear not hear?
Does he who formed the eye not see?r
10 Does he who discipliness nations not punish?
Does he who teachest mankind lack knowledge?
11 The Lord knows all human plans;u
he knows that they are futile.v
12 Blessed is the one you discipline,w Lord,
the one you teachx from your law;
13 you grant them relief from days of trouble,y
till a pitz is dug for the wicked.
14 For the Lord will not reject his people;a
he will never forsake his inheritance.
15 Judgment will again be founded on righteousness,b
and all the upright in heartc will follow it.
16 Who will rise upd for me against the wicked?
Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?e
17 Unless the Lord had given me help,f
I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.g
18 When I said, “My foot is slipping,h”
your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.
19 When anxietyi was great within me,
your consolationj brought me joy.
20 Can a corrupt thronek be allied with you—
a throne that brings on misery by its decrees?l
21 The wicked band togetherm against the righteous
and condemn the innocentn to death.o
22 But the Lord has become my fortress,
and my God the rockp in whom I take refuge.q
23 He will repayr them for their sins
and destroys them for their wickedness;
the Lord our God will destroy them.
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