Psalm 94 New American Standard Bible

A Prayer for Vengeance

94 O Lord , God of vengeance , God of vengeance , shine forth ! 2  Rise up, O Judge of the earth , Render recompense to the proud . 3  How long e shall the wicked , O Lord , How long e shall the wicked exult ? 4  They pour forth words, they speak arrogantly ; All who do wickedness vaunt themselves. 5  They crush Your people , O Lord , And afflict Your heritage . 6  They slay the widow and the stranger And murder the orphans . 7  They have said , "The Lord does not see , Nor does the God of Jacob pay heed ." 8  Pay heed , you senseless among the people ; And when will you understand , stupid ones ? 9  He who planted the ear , does He not hear ? He who formed the eye , does He not see ? 10  He who chastens the nations , will He not rebuke , Even He who teaches man knowledge ? 11  The Lord knows the thoughts of man , That they are a mere breath .

12  Blessed is the man whom You chasten , O Lord , And whom You teach out of Your law ; 13  That You may grant him relief from the days of adversity , Until a pit is dug for the wicked . 14  For the Lord will not abandon His people , Nor will He forsake His inheritance . 15  For judgment will again be righteous , And all the upright in heart will follow it. 16  Who will stand up for me against evildoers ? Who will take his stand for me against those who do wickedness ? 17  If the Lord had not been my help , My soul would soon have dwelt in the abode of silence . 18  If I should say , " My foot has slipped ," Your lovingkindness , O Lord , will hold me up. 19  When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul . 20  Can a throne of destruction be allied with You, One which devises mischief by decree ? 21  They band themselves together against the life of the righteous And condemn the innocent to death . 22  But the Lord has been my stronghold , And my God the rock of my refuge . 23  He has brought back their wickedness upon them And will destroy them in their evil ; The Lord our God will destroy them.

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