The Lord Implored to Avenge His People.
1O Lord, God of vengeance,
God of vengeance, shine forth!
2Rise up, O Judge of the earth,
Render recompense to the proud.
3How long shall the wicked, O Lord,
How long shall the wicked exult?
4They pour forth words, they speak arrogantly;
All who do wickedness vaunt themselves.
5They crush Your people, O Lord,
And afflict Your heritage.
6They slay the widow and the stranger
And murder the orphans.
7They have said, “The Lord does not see,
Nor does the God of Jacob pay heed.”
8Pay heed, you senseless among the people;
And when will you understand, stupid ones?
9He who planted the ear, does He not hear?
He who formed the eye, does He not see?
10He who chastens the nations, will He not rebuke,
Even He who teaches man knowledge?
11The Lord knows the thoughts of man,
That they are a mere breath.
12Blessed is the man whom You chasten, O Lord,
And whom You teach out of Your law;
13That You may grant him relief from the days of adversity,
Until a pit is dug for the wicked.
14For the Lord will not abandon His people,
Nor will He forsake His inheritance.
15For judgment will again be righteous,
And all the upright in heart will follow it.
16Who will stand up for me against evildoers?
Who will take his stand for me against those who do wickedness?
17If the Lord had not been my help,
My soul would soon have dwelt in the abode of silence.
18If I should say, “My foot has slipped,”
Your lovingkindness, O Lord, will hold me up.
19When my anxious thoughts multiply within me,
Your consolations delight my soul.
20Can a throne of destruction be allied with You,
One which devises mischief by decree?
21They band themselves together against the life of the righteous
And condemn the innocent to death.
22But the Lord has been my stronghold,
And my God the rock of my refuge.
23He has brought back their wickedness upon them
And will destroy them in their evil;
The Lord our God will destroy them.