Psalms 94

The Just Judge

1 Lord, God of vengeance
God of vengeance, appear. a
2 Rise up, Judge of the earth;
repay the proud what they deserve. b
3 Lord, how long will the wicked
how long will the wicked gloat? c

4 They pour out arrogant words;
all the evildoers boast. d
5 Lord, they crush Your people;
they afflict Your heritage. e
6 They kill the widow and the foreigner
and murder the fatherless. f
7 They say, “The Lord doesn’t see it.
The God of Jacob doesn’t pay attention.” g

8 Pay attention, you stupid people!
Fools, when will you be wise? h
9 Can the One who shaped the ear not hear,
the One who formed the eye not see? i
10 The One who instructs nations,
the One who teaches man knowledge
does He not discipline? j
11 The Lord knows man’s thoughts;
they are meaningless. k

12 Lord, happy is the man You discipline
and teach from Your law l
13 to give him relief from troubled times
until a pit is dug for the wicked. m
14 The Lord will not forsake His people
or abandon His heritage n
15 for justice will again be righteous,
and all the upright in heart will follow
Or heart will support; lit heart after
it. p

16 Who stands up for me against the wicked?
Who takes a stand for me against evildoers? q
17 If the Lord had not been my helper,
I would soon rest in the silence of death. r
18 If I say, “My foot is slipping,”
Your faithful love will support me, Lord. s
19 When I am filled with cares,
Your comfort brings me joy. t

20 Can a corrupt throne
one that creates trouble by law
become Your ally? u
21 They band together against the life of the righteous
and condemn the innocent to death. v
22 But the Lord is my refuge;
my God is the rock of my protection. w
23 He will pay them back for their sins
and destroy them for their evil.
The Lord our God will destroy them. x
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