and thou wilt not hear?
Or cry to thee “Violence!”
and thou wilt not save?
and look upon trouble?
Destruction and violence are before me;
strife and contention arise.
and justice never goes forth.
For the wicked surround the righteous,
so justice goes forth perverted.
wonder and be astounded.
For I am doing a work in your days
that you would not believe if told.
that bitter and hasty nation,
who march through the breadth of the earth,
to seize habitations not their own.
their justice and dignity proceed from themselves.
more fierce than the evening wolves;
their horsemen press proudly on.
Yea, their horsemen come from afar;
they fly like an eagle swift to devour.
terrora of them goes before them.
They gather captives like sand.
and of rulers they make sport.
They laugh at every fortress,
for they heap up earth and take it.
guilty men, whose own might is their god!
O Lord my God, my Holy One?
We shall not die.
O Lord, thou hast ordained them as a judgment;
and thou, O Rock, hast established them for chastisement.
and canst not look on wrong,
why dost thou look on faithless men,
and art silent when the wicked swallows up
the man more righteous than he?
like crawling things that have no ruler.
he drags them out with his net,
he gathers them in his seine;
so he rejoices and exults.
and burns incense to his seine;
for by them he lives in luxury,b
and his food is rich.
and mercilessly slaying nations for ever?
About The Revised Standard Version, Catholic Edition
This edition of the Revised Standard Version of the Bible has been prepared for use by Catholics by a committee of the Catholic Biblical Association of Great Britain. It is an authorized revision of the American Standard Version, published in 1901.
The Catholic Edition of the New Testament, copyright Copyright 1965; The Catholic Edition of the Old Testament, incorporating the Apocrypha, copyright Copyright 1966 Division of Christian Education of the National Council of Churches of Christ in the United States of America.