1 O Lord God the avenger, O God the

avenger, show thyself clearly.

2 Exalt thyself, O Judge of the world, and

render a reward to the proud.

3 Lord, how long shall the wicked, how long

shall the wicked triumph?

4 They prate and speak fiercely: all the

workers of iniquity vaunt themselves.

5 They smite down thy people, O Lord, and

trouble thine heritage.

6 They slay the widow and the stranger, and

murder the fatherless.

7 Yet they say, The Lord shall not see: neither

will the God of Jacob regard it.

8 Understand, ye unwise among the people: and

ye fools, when will ye be wise?

9 He that planted the ear, shall he not hear? or

he that formed the eye, shall he not see?

10 Or he that chastiseth the nations, shall he

not correct? he that teacheth man knowledge, shall

he not know?

11 The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man, that

they are vanity.

12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastisest, O

Lord, and teachest him in thy Law,

13 That thou mayest give him rest from the days

of evil, while the pit is dug for the wicked.

14 Surely the Lord will not fail his people, neither

will he forsake his inheritance.

15 For judgment shall return to justice, and all

the upright in heart shall follow after it.

16 Who will rise up with me against the wicked?

or who will take my part against the workers of


17 If the Lord had not helped me, my soul had

almost dwelt in silence.

18 When I said, My foot slideth, thy mercy, O

Lord, stayed me.

19 In the multitude of my thoughts in mine heart,

thy comforts have rejoiced my soul.

20 Hath the throne of iniquity fellowship with

thee, which forgeth wrong for a Law?

21 They gather them together against the soul of

the righteous, and condemn the innocent blood.

22 But the Lord is my refuge, and my God is the

rock of mine hope.

23 And he will recompense them their wickedness,

and destroy them in their own malice, yea, the Lord

our God shall destroy them.

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