A Psalm of David for the fourth day of the week.1 The Lord is a God of vengeance; the God of vengeance has declared Himself. 2 Be exalted, You that judge the earth; render a reward to the proud. 3 How long shall sinners, O Lord, how long shall sinners boast? 4 They will utter and speak unrighteousness; all the workers of iniquity shall speak so. 5 They have afflicted Your people, O Lord, and hurt Your heritage. 6 They have slain the widow and fatherless, and murdered the stranger. 7 And they said, The Lord shall not see, neither shall the God of Jacob understand. 8 Understand now, you simple among the people; and you fools, at length be wise. 9 He that planted the ear, does He not hear? Or He that formed the eye, does not He perceive? 10 He that chastises the heathen, shall He not punish, even He that teaches man knowledge? 11 The Lord knows the thoughts of men, that they are vain. 12 Blessed is the man whom You shall chasten, O Lord, and shall teach him out of Your law; 13 to give him rest from evil days, until the pit is dug for the wicked. 14 For the Lord will not cast off His people, neither will He forsake His inheritance; 15 until righteousness return to judgment, and all the upright in heart shall follow it. Pause. 16 Who will rise up for me against the transgressors? Or who will stand up with me against the workers of iniquity? 17 If the Lord had not helped me, my soul would soon have sojourned in Hades. 18 If I said, My foot has been moved; 19 Your mercy, O Lord, has helped me. O Lord, according to the multitude of my griefs within my heart, Your consolation has soothed my soul. 20 Shall the throne of iniquity have fellowship with You, which frames mischief by an ordinance? 21 They will hunt for the soul of the righteous, and condemn innocent blood. 22 But the Lord was my refuge; and my God the helper of my hope. 23 And He will recompense to them their iniquity and their wickedness; the Lord our God shall utterly destroy them.
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