1 O Lord God to whom vengeance belongs,*
O God to whom vengeance belongs, show yourself.
2 Arise, O Judge of the world,*
and reward the proud according to their deserving.
3 O Lord, how long shall the ungodly,*
how long shall the ungodly triumph?
4 How long shall all evildoers speak so disdainfully*
and make such proud boasting?
5 They smite down your people, O Lord,*
and trouble your heritage.
6 They murder the widow and the stranger,*
and put the fatherless to death.
7 And yet they say, "The Lord shall not see,*
neither shall the God of Jacob regard it."
8 Take heed, you unwise among the people;*
O you fools, when will you understand?
9 He who planted the ear, shall he not hear?*
Or he who made the eye, shall he not see?
10 Or he who nurtures the nations,*
he who teaches humanity knowledge, shall he not punish?
11 The Lord knows the thoughts of man,*
that they are but vain.
12 Blessed is the one whom you chasten, O Lord,*
and whom you teach your law,
13 That you may give him patience in time of adversity,*
until a pit is dug for the ungodly.
14 For the Lord will not fail his people,*
neither will he forsake his inheritance,
15 But righteousness shall return to the place of judgment,*
and all those who are true of heart shall follow it.
16 Who will rise up with me against the wicked,*
or who will take my part against the evildoers?
17 If the Lord had not helped me,*
my soul would soon have dwelt in the land of silence.
18 But when I said, "My foot has slipped,"*
your mercy, O Lord, held me up.
19 In the multitude of the sorrows that I had in my heart,*
your comforts refreshed my soul.
20 Will you have anything to do with the council of wickedness,*
which turns evil into law?
21 They gather themselves together against the soul of the righteous*
and condemn the innocent to death.
22 But the Lord is my refuge,*
and my God is the rock of my confidence.
23 He shall recompense them for their wickedness, and destroy them in their own malice;*
indeed, the Lord our God shall destroy them.
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