He Will Not Abandon His People
1God of vengeance, Adonai, God of vengeance, shine forth!
2Rise up, O Judge of the earth! Pay back to the proud what they deserve.
3How long will the wicked, Adonai, how long will the wicked gloat?
4They gush out, they speak arrogance— all the evildoers keep boasting.
5They crush Your people, Adonai, and afflict Your heritage.
6They slay the widow and the outsider, and murder the fatherless.
7So they say: “Adonai does not see— the God of Jacob pays no attention.”
8Pay attention, stupid among the people! Fools, when will you comprehend?
9He who planted the ear, does He not hear? He who formed the eye, does He not see?
10He who chastens nations, will He not rebuke— One who teaches humanity knowledge?
11Adonai knows human thoughts— they are but a breath.
12Blessed is the one You discipline, Adonai, and teach him from Your Torah,
13to give him rest from days of trouble —until a pit is dug for the wicked.
14For Adonai will not forsake His people. He will never abandon His inheritance.
15For rightness will be restored to justice, and all the upright in heart will follow it.
16Who will rise up for me against the wicked? Who will stand up for me against evildoers?
17Unless Adonai had been my help, my soul would soon have dwelt in the abode of silence.
18If I say: “My foot has slipped,” Your mercy, Adonai, will hold me up.
19When my troubling thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations comfort my soul.
20Can a throne of corruption be aligned with You—planning distress by decree?
21They band together against the life of the righteous, and condemn innocent blood.
22But Adonai has been my fortress and my God the rock of my refuge.
23He will repay them for their wickedness, and will annihilate them in their evil. Adonai our God will annihilate them.